By Jim Donovan: Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles’ brakes harder to use. The recall involves 2011 through 2014 models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.
Chrysler says crimp joints in the brake boosters can corrode if they’re exposed to water. If the water freezes, the boosters won’t aid braking as they usually do. Chrysler began investigating after some customers said their brakes felt too firm when pressed down. The company knows of one accident, but no injuries, due to the defect.
Chrysler says it will notify owners and that dealers will install a shield to protect the boosters for free and replace boosters that aren’t working properly. Chrysler has since changed the design to make the boosters more corrosion resistant.