Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) today announced the recall of 121,000 2013-2014 Dodge Darts for brake problems. The automaker said that it has received news of seven accidents and two injuries related to the problem. The problem primarily affects Dodge Dart sedan models equipped with the 2.0- and 2.4-liter powerplants. Darts with the 1.4-liter four are not affected. According to Automotive News, Darts affected by the problem will have the vacuum tube assembly and some other components replaced.
In a statement, FCA said that the company will notify customers when to bring their cars in for the free service. The carmaker also noted that “some of the affected vehicles may be subject to oil migration that could affect their brake systems’ power-assist function.” Standard or “foundation brake function” is not affected by the problem.
One of the telltale signs of this problem is a “hard pedal feel on brake application,” FCA continued. The car will also take longer to stop in emergencies. Specifically, the automaker notes that the “brake-booster vacuum-tube routing” may inadvertently allow oil “reach the brake booster diaphragm, if ever the vacuum-pump check valve fails.” If this happens, oil can “degrade the diaphragm and lead to a loss of brake-assist.” Owners can tell if their Dart has this problem because they might hear a “pop or a sound consistent with a vacuum leak,” the carconnection.com also said today.
The recall affects Darts built before Jan. 24, 2014. A total of 121,603 Darts are affected including:
· 105,458 in the U.S.
· 11,996 in Canada
· 3,705 in Mexico
· 444 in other countries