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Chrysler recalling 870,000 SUVs over brake defect

Chrysler has announced another brake recall for its Grand Cherokee and Durango models.

Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs due to a corrosion issue that could compromises the vehicles' brakes.

Chrysler announced on Wednesday that it is recalling a total of 867,795 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos from the 2011 to 2014 model years because crimp joints in the brake boosters of those vehicles can rust if exposed to water. Chrysler says that even vehicles with rusty crimp joints will stop properly, but if water enters the system and then freezes, braking could be compromised.

Chrysler will remedy the problem by installing a shield over the booster to prevent it from being exposed to water. The automaker has already changed its production process to include an anti-corrosion coating over the crimp joints.

Chrysler is aware of one accident related to the recall, although no injuries have been linked to the defect.

Of the 867,795 recalled SUVs, 644,354 are in the United States, 42,380 are in Canada, 21,376 in Mexico and 159,685 are in various countries across the world.

Chrysler issued a brake recall for Grand Cherokees and Durangos last month, but it appears to be unrelated to the most recent safety campaign. That earlier recall was issued after customers complained about poor pedal feel; Chrysler tracked the problem down to faulty software.

Photo by Mark Elias.

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