It's barely been a year since Chrysler brought the Fiat Ducato over to these United States as the Ram Promaster, but already it's being subjected to its second recall – both of them revolving around essential controls that are critical to the vehicle's operation.

The first came less than a month ago, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall for nearly 10,000 of the vans due to a sticky accelerator pedal. Now Chrysler has issued a second recall to deal with the brake hose.

This second recall affects some 6,800 units of the ProMaster, half of which Chrysler says are on dealer lots. The automaker is instructing dealers to inspect both the vehicles it has in stock and to bring in customer vehicles to perform the same check, to ensure that the brake hose was properly installed in the first place. If not, the brake hose will be replaced.

Apparently the problem was linked back to a wrench that was (but is no longer) used in the vehicle's assembly. Chrysler estimates that only two percent of the vehicles in question will actually need repair, and has not received any reports of accidents resulting from the problem at hand.
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STATEMENT: BRAKE HOSE

February 28, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC will conduct a safety recall to inspect approximately 6,800 full-size vans and, if necessary, replace a brake hose.

A routine post-production test on one van discovered damage that could degrade brake performance. Damage was linked to the use of a specific wrench during assembly; it is no longer used.

Chrysler Group is unaware of any related injuries, accidents or complaints.

Approximately half of the affected vehicles, all model-year 2014 Ram ProMasters, are in dealer hands. Chrysler Group expects less than two percent of the total will require repair.

If damage is observed, the brake hose will be replaced.

Chrysler Group will notify affected customers; all repair costs will be borne by the Company.

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


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      Jim R
      • 10 Months Ago
      Venture Bros. This is Baron Undherbiet's personal vehicle.
      • 10 Months Ago
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        Robert Ryan
        • 10 Months Ago
        More going from a Ducato to Promaster in the US. Pretty reliable in Europe.
      Jesus!
      • 10 Months Ago
      Good ol' Fiat and their stellar quality.
      csgill75
      • 10 Months Ago
      Should have been recalled because of that hideous front end. That thing would just about scare small children. I much preferred the Sprinter over this thing.
      Karfreek
      • 10 Months Ago
      Lol @ people complaining about the looks of a delivery van on the internet...
        Winnie Jenkems
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Karfreek
        It doesn't need to be winning any design awards, but with this thing it's like they tried to make it as ugly as possible on purpose.
      Quen47
      • 10 Months Ago
      I rather like the Euro-look of these. I hope they iron out the quality issues
      BertK
      • 10 Months Ago
      common but inexcusable issue that is supposed to be constantly monitored. There is no excuse for the front end ugliness. It's a very simple straight forward vehicle but between it, the new Nissan van and the new Ford van, only the Ford will succeed in the US market.
      manure
      • 10 Months Ago
      You can see it's dangerous problem. Just look at all the devastating damage on the front of the van. The whole front looks destroyed.
      yo
      • 10 Months Ago
      his is what a car / van design looks like when the designers completely just give up.
      Chuck Clarke
      • 10 Months Ago
      Don't know if any of you have ever driven one of these things, but they have a very weird transmission, besides a hefty dose of the uglies.
      dadslife83
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not a good start. Personally holding hope as a RV package. Seems to be a perfect size (no add-ons, please) for a two person travlerall. For those of us old enough to remember, Fiat and Hyundai are badges to be approached with an abundant amount of caution.
      john m
      • 10 Months Ago
      Instead it should be recalled over its hideous appearance... I'm sure it's a decent vehicle but YUCK!!!
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