If you own a Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep vehicle, it may be affected by the Chrysler brake recall. Below is a list of vehicles affected, some details about the brake problem, and where to find out if your model needs to be repaired.
What Is the Chrysler Brake Recall?
The AutoBlog lists the brake recall from Chrysler as follows: The affected vehicles "may have been built with an improperly formed or missing brake booster input rod retaining clip." This means that if your vehicle is on the recall list, it could result in a braking failure.
What Vehicles Are Affected?
Chrysler's recall for brakes involved approximately 24,000 vehicles, including the following:
- 2010 Chrysler Sebring
- 2010 Dodge Avenger
- 2010 Dodge Nitro
- 2009-2010 Dodge Ram (all models)
- 2010 Jeep Commander
- 2010 Grand Cherokee
- 2010 Jeep Liberty
Where to Find Help
If you own one of the above-listed vehicles, you can find out if your vehicle needs the recall repair in one of two ways:
- Visit the Office Of Defects and Investigation's Recall and Defects website. Here, you'll be asked to enter the year, make, and model of you car and the last nine digits of your vehicle identification number or VIN. The easiest place to find your VIN is on your registration documents. Once you hit the search button, the website will determine if your vehicle needs to have the Chrysler brake recall repair performed.
- Visit any authorized Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep repair center and ask them to run a vehicle history report. They will need your VIN for this, which will enable them to determine if your specific vehicle is affected and needs to be repaired. There is no charge for an authorized repair center to run a vehicle history report or to perform recall repairs.
A Note on Recall Repairs
It's best to find out if your Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep vehicle is required to receive this brake recall repair; however, just because you own one of the models listed here, your vehicle may not be affected by the recall.
In the history of the automobile industry, when the manufacturer deems a part defective, a general recall is issued. Some vehicles may be affected, and some will not. The only way to tell if your car is included is by your VIN, as recalls are VIN-specific.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA works with auto manufacturers when a large number of vehicles are affected. NHTSA helps spread the word to the public in a timely manner regarding needed recall repairs and models affected.
Further, if you own a vehicle, no matter what the manufacturer, and you move or change your mailing address, it's best to call the customer service number in your owner's manual and provide them with your new mailing address. This way, if a recall is issued, you will receive the notice. You can also visit any authorized dealership and have them change your mailing information in their company-wide computer database system.
Stay on the safe side, and if you think your vehicle may be affected by the Chrysler brake recall, visit the nearest repair center. You can also contact Chrysler directly at 800-853-1403 or the NHTSA's recall hotline at 888-327-4236.