Fiat Chrysler recalls almost 650K SUVs for brake issue


- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling almost 650,000 SUVs in the United States for a brake issue.

The shields are created to protect the boosters from water intrusion.

Fiat Chrysler says it has recalled 646,394 SUVs in the inspect if its brake-booster shields were properly installed.

FCA says it is aware of at least one accident associated with the problem but noted there were no injuries.

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The affected vehicles are 2011-14 model year Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. The recall is expected to start November 7. Customers with questions or concerns may call the FCA US Recall Information Center at (800)-853-1403. Those found to have boosters with compromised function and/or improperly installed shields, will be serviced accordingly, free of charge.

In New York, Fiat Chrysler was down 0.72% changing hands at US$17.82 ahead of Tuesday's open. In those cases water can cause corrosion or get inside the booster and freeze. (The vehicles are equipped with a hydraulic boost compensation system that aids performance, even when booster vacuum levels are low.) However, customers may experience excessive brake-pedal firmness. The boosters may be replaced if their capability has been reduced.

Brake boosters used in current production vehicles feature crimp joints treated with a special coating created to resist corrosion.