FCA recalls Dodge Dart to fix brake problems
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a recall campaign for approximately 105,000 Dodge Dart sedans from the 2013 and 2014 model years.
An investigation found that certain vehicles, equipped with 2.0- and 2.4-liter engines, were built with brake-booster vacuum-line routing that allows oil to reach the brake booster diaphragm. Exposure can eventually degrade the diaphragm, resulting in a loss of brake-assist.
Failure is said to be preceded by a pop or audible vacuum leak, followed by hard pedal feel.
“Foundation brake function is unaffected,” the company said in a statement. “However, if this condition occurs, the driver may notice hard pedal-feel on brake application, and longer distances may be required to stop the vehicle in emergency situations.”
FCA acknowledges at least seven accidents and two minor injuries related to the defect.
Service technicians will replace the problematic hoses and inspect other system components. If oil has passed into the vacuum tube, dealers will replace the vacuum pump, brake booster and master cylinder.