Fiat Chryser recalls 210,000 vehicles with brake issues

Minivans and SUVs were inadvertently fitted with faulty brake components

Published: August 23, 2018, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:00 PM

2019 Jeep Cherokee - 2019 Jeep Cherokees are being recalled to deal with spongy brakes.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling nearly 210,000 vehicles to address a problem with brake systems that aren’t up to the manufacturer’s standards.

An investigation by FCA uncovered a shipment of brake components that had not been manufactured to specifications, but had been inadvertently installed in 2018 Dodge Journeys, 2018-2019 Dodge Grand Caravans, 2018-2019 Jeep Compass SUVs and 2019 Jeep Cherokees.

Most of the vehicles are low-mileage and many are still on dealership lots. They could suffer from gas bubbles in the vehicle’s brake fluid, which would reduce brake functionality (although the braking system will stop the vehicle, it will do it over increased stopping distances). The company is not aware of any incidents resulting from the issue.

Owners will be notified shortly to return to an FCA dealer, who will inspect the vehicle’s braking system and bleed the system.

Of the 209,865 recalled vehicles, 154,337 are in the US and federalized territories, 19,066 in Canada, 900 in Mexico and 35,562 outside North America.

Customers can also contact the FCA customer care centre in the US, at (800) 853-1403.