2015-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango recalled to repair brakes

April 4, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling nearly 15,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from the 2015 and 2016 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately eight of those vehicles may suffer from a problem with their brakes that could boost the risk of an accident. No injuries have been reported.

The problem stems from an improperly manufactured left front brake caliper, which was manufactured by Continental. NHTSA says that because the caliper is made of the wrong material, it may fracture during extreme braking incidents. Should that happen, it may increase stopping distance, which could, in turn, increase the possibility of a collision.

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If you own one of these vehicles, NHTSA says that you might notice one of several warning signs if the caliper on your vehicle has cracked. Apart from poorer brake performance, you may see leakage of brake fluid, and the "low brake fluid" warning light on your instrument panel may light up.

The recall affects 14,768 vehicles registered in the U.S. FCA says that it will notify owners of those vehicles by mail, encouraging them to take their SUVs to dealerships for service. Dealers will inspect the left front brake caliper, determine its casting date, and replace it if necessary. The fix will be carried out at no charge to consumers.

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If you've already had to replace your brake caliper due to this issue, FCA can reimburse you if you submit a receipt for the repair. Details will be included in the recall notification.

Should you have further questions, you're asked to contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403 and ask about recall #S16. You can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #16V168000.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the brake caliper manufacturer. Mobis North America assembled the affected brakes.

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