Sudden brake failure in nearly 25,000 Chrysler cars and trucks is expected to prompt a major recall by the struggling automaker soon, company officials say.
Most of the affected vehicles are 2009-2010 Dodge Ram pickups but the company also says some 2010 Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee SUVs will be subject to the recall as well.
Notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week of their plans, company officials say a clip retention tab on the brake pedal pin was defective in some models and not installed at all in others. This malfunction can cause the brakes to fail without warning, potentially causing a fatal crash.
Employees at Chrysler’s plant in Toledo, Ohio first noticed the problem in November. In December, an employee at a plant in Mexico experienced braking problems while test driving, only to find the clip hadn’t even been installed!
Of the 24,177 vehicles that will be affected by this recall, 16,872 of them are Dodge Ram pickups. The company says it will notify dealers and customers of the problem and replace the defective part free of charge.
This is the first recall since Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy last summer. They are currently under partial control by Italy’s Fiat.
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