According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), due to a manufacturing error of a brake-system component that was installed in some vehicles this spring, gas bubbles could form in the brake fluid .
As a result, FCA is conducting a voluntary recall worldwide that includes the 2018-2019 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2018-2019 Jeep Compass and 2019 Jeep Cherokee fitted with the faulty part.
There are an estimated 154,337 vehicles affected by this condition in the United States alone, out of which some 100,000 have already been shipped to their owners, whereas the rest are still in dealer lots. Additionally, another 19,066 are in Canada, 900 in Mexico and 35,562 outside the NAFTA region.
Due to the faulty component, “stopping distances may be increased”, but “brake function would remain in such circumstances”, says FCA, which is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this problem.
The automaker advises owners of the aforementioned vehicles to schedule an appointment with an official Dodge or Jeep dealership as soon as they receive the notification.
Technicians have already been advised which minivans or SUVs are included in the safety campaign, and will inspect and bleed the brake systems as needed. The work will be carried out free of charge.
In the meantime, concerned owners of the Compass, Cherokee and Grand Caravan can contact FCA’s Customer Care Center directly at 1-800-853-1403.