Chrysler recalls 25,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos over inconsistent brake feel

Chrysler officially announced to be recalling around 25,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos after company received feedback about inconsistent brake feel. No, this isn’t from a performance driving standpoint, but rather a safety standpoint.

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The concerns came associated with Chrysler’s Ready Alert Braking system, which prepares the brakes in anticipation for an emergency maneuver. On certain models made from 2012 through 2014, a valve in the system was restricting the flow of brake fluid too much when the system is functioning.

Around 18,700 models in the US are affected, 825 in Canada, 530 in Mexico, and an additional 5,200 in foreign markets. No accidents or injuries have been reported and the brakes in the affected cars have not otherwise malfunctioned and are working properly even with the recall. Customers will begin receiving notifications in the coming months and the dealerships will provide a fix free of charge.

For the press release, check it out after the jump.

Statement: Anti-Lock Brakes
March 7, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group is recalling approximately 25,250 SUVs to improve pedal feel during certain aggressive braking maneuvers.

A supplier raised with the Company a concern about the performance of a component that accommodates Ready Alert Braking, a Chrysler Group safety system that primes brakes for optimal response when making a sudden stop. Brake function was neither lost nor out of compliance with regulation, but pedal feel was not consistent with customer expectations.

Chrysler Group is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.

An investigation discovered brake-fluid flow was being restricted too much. A software update optimizes flow and restores appropriate pedal feel.

Affected are certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from model years 2012 and 2013 – approximately 18,700 in the U.S., 825 in Canada, 530 in Mexico and 5,200 outside the NAFTA region.

Chrysler Group will notify affected customers when to schedule service. Repair costs will be borne by the Company.

Customers who remain concerned may call 1-800-853-1403.


Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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