• Jan 18, 2010
The Office of Defects Investigation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the recall of some 24,177 late-model Chrysler Group vehicles over potentially faulty brakes. The problem effects the MY2010 Chrysler Sebring, Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Nitro, and the 2009-2010 Dodge Ram.

The problem in question involves a retaining clip for the brake booster input rod – part of the brake hydraulics – which could be either be deformed or missing entirely. In such cases, the brakes could fail entirely and, suffice it to say, cause a crash.

If you own one of these 24,000 vehicles, the government agency advises that you contact your local Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealer for servicing post-haste. Details in recall notice after the jump.

[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
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RECALL NOTICE

Report Date : January 17, 2010 at 06:10 PM
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V009000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CHRYSLER / SEBRING 2010
DODGE / AVENGER 2010
DODGE / NITRO 2010
DODGE / RAM 2009-2010
JEEP / COMMANDER 2010
JEEP / GRAND CHEROKEE 2010
JEEP / LIBERTY 2010

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC Mfr's Report Date: JAN 07, 2010

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V009000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 24177

Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING MODEL YEAR 2010 CHRYSLER SEBRING; DODGE AVENGER AND NITRO; JEEP LIBERTY, COMMANDER AND GRAND CHEROKEE; AND MODEL YEAR 2009-2010 DODGE RAM TRUCK. THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH AN IMPROPERLY FORMED OR MISSING BRAKE BOOSTER INPUT ROD RETAINING CLIP.

Consequence:
THIS COULD RESULT IN BRAKE FAILURE WITHOUT WARNING WHICH COULD CAUSE A CRASH.

Remedy:
CHRYSLER WILL REPLACE THE BRAKE BOOSTER INPUT ROD RETAINING CLIP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JANUARY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes:
CHRYSLER SAFETY RECALL NO. J37. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "If you own one of these 24,000 vehicles, the government agency advises that you contact your local Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealer for servicing post-haste..."

      Without brakes then...I'll be there in a flash.

      :p
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure the recall effects less customers considering that 1/2 or more of these vehicles are most likely still sitting on dealer lots. Should be pretty easy for the sales people to hop in them and drive them over to service between cigarette and coffee breaks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now, if only GM will recall that clunking noise in the front end and the horrible electric power steering.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        Considering how many brands were under GM and how similarly ****ty Chrysler's are, and how they tend to make similar cars, it's easy to forget that Chrysler isn't a part of GM.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's really lame trollery, pidgeon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        WTF does this garbage have to do with Chrysler? Your comment is as asinine as it is pointless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Although I lost my brakes several times on a 2009 this frustrates me to no end and will no longer purchase a chryco product. Especially since I had to pay for the body damages out of my own pocket (cheaper this way than a claim for insurance) Because it would have admitted fault? Nice Customer service....Since my 2 children were in the mini-van as well...opps it didn't make the national injury/death rate...whatever...anyways...best to those whom survive...
      • 4 Years Ago
      myself and my family have either owned or leased 3 different jeep grand cherokee /reg. cherokee vehicles over the past 17 years. every one of them had brake problems.. what year is this? who doesnt know how to make reliable brake systems by now? suffice it to say i would never buy or take free another chrysler product EVER! they should go out of business today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would still buy a Chrysler product... The 2012 SRT8 Jeep!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't understand why Chrysler hasn't been forced to recall every vehicle they have produced in the last 5 years for faulty brakes. I currently own 3 of these disasters and the original equipment parts on all three would have to see a radical improvement in quality just to reach the level of crap. All three had to have brakes totally rebuilt before reaching 22 K miles. The problem was so pervasive that at one time dealers had over 500 rotors back ordered in our area and couldn't manage repairs to a vehicle with 18000 miles on it. Tried to get the dealer to reface the rotors, but the service manager said that they were so cheap that the first time we used them they would warp. Chryslers response.............tough luck! I will be buying another vehicle in the next few months. My response to Chrysler...............tough luck!!!! Capitalism can only work if these morons understand that there will be no one to bail their asses out when they produce and sell junk and then snub their noses at their customers.
      Henry Baran
      • 4 Years Ago
      My 2004 Chrysler 300M had a total brake failure because of a faulty ABS computer which resulted in my wife rearending another car. Other instances of the same type of failure were posted on the NHTSA website. When I reported this to Chrysler their fix was: 1) They sent a factory rep to look at my car, 2) After walking around the car he said "Oh well" and walked away. My insurance company hired a brake expert and he is the one who found the fault with the ABS computer. I wouldn't care if Chrysler were the last car maker on the face of the earth; I would never buy another one. I hope they dry up and die.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not the news Chrysler needs right now. At least the problem was caught early with only 24,000 effected units.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One positive thing that comes from Chryslers sales being in the dumpster. Their recalls affect a smaller number of people.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If Chrysler wanted to do the customer right they'd recall the vehicle and give the customer a refund.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This could be a GREAT opportunity to get one of their cars on the cheap. I am in love with that Challenger SE, looks are amazing, it has all the stuff that you want inside the car, AC, power everything, auto tranny (standard), 250 HP and that back seat is HUGE. Price tag is 22K, this would be a great opportunity to snatch one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To all of you who like to bash Chrysler, please keep in mind that the part in question is one that is supplied to the company, already assembled, unable to be detected by the employees doing the assembly of the vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i LOVE how this is on here..although on japolik or whatever it's called...has on its front page recalls for Toyota (not the pedal recall). Autoblog is seriously becoming a chrysler basher. However there is no excuse for this recall. I'm hoping no one is hurt and that Chrysler kicks its brake supplier in the ass for not installing the clip. This problem is blamed on chrysler when its really a suppliers fault. Chrysler should still have checked the parts though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have to disagree. Autoblog has had no problem posting Toyota recalls before... or recalls from any manufacturer that I can recall. I've seen 'em all here. & I've seen the various posts from the various fanboys attacking the various companies, as well as attacking Autoblog for showing bias... and to tell the truth, it kinda gets old. If there's a recall, then there's a recall. It doesn't matter if a few slip through the cracks of journalism, because if you were in the market for any of them, it would be your responsibility to do your homework before plunking down your cash. If you wanna get mad at somebody, get mad at your favorite company who's product got recalled. It's all their fault... they built the damn pieces of crap.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I almost think you're trolling at this point but really? I don't think any manufacturer has had recalls covered as heavily as Toyota this year.
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