Another round of recalls—this time, thoughtfully reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration before a decade went by—comes today from Chrysler, regarding anti-lock brakes on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango. The affected vehicles involved in this callback are more than 25,000 sport-utilities produced in the 2012 and 2013 model years, of which nearly 19,000 are located in the United States.
According to a statement from the conglomerato in Auburn Hills, “certain aggressive braking maneuvers” were made more vulnerable by restriction in the flow of brake fluid to the anti-lock brake system. While Chrysler states that neither brake function was lost nor was it out of compliance with regulation, the pedal feel under such circumstances “was not consistent with customer expectations.”
The manufacturer assures that neither death nor injury has yet resulted in these vehicles, which were fitted with the brands’ Ready Alert Braking. Ready Alert Braking is an active-braking system that functions by priming the brakes for optimal response during sudden stops.
Service dates for the affected sport-utes, which comprise a single-digit percentage of total SUVs sold by both brands in those model years, will be announced soon. This announcement differs from Jeep’s erstwhile campaign to recall and repair 1.56 million 1993–1998 Grand Cherokees and 2002–2007 Liberty sport-utes.
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