Over 121,000 Dodge Darts RecalledPosted by: Lydia Siu onDecember 9th, 2015
More than 121,000 Dodge Dart sedans manufactured between 2013 and 2014 are being recalled by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. There is a problem with the vehicle’s braking system which could increase the risk of accidents. Details indicate the recall is due to a flawed vacuum tube which decreases the performance of the vehicle’s brake-assist system.
Fiat Chrysler states “some 2013 and 2014 models may have a brake-booster vacuum-tube routing that inadvertently allows oil to reach the brake booster diaphragm, if ever the vacuum-pump check valve fails. Oil may degrade the diaphragm and lead to a loss of brake-assist – a feature that helps reduce stopping distances.” Owners will notice that it takes much more effort to push the brake pedal and possibly a “pop sound consistent with a vacuum leak”. The braking system itself is not affected, just the brake assist system.
The recall is specific to both 2.0L and 2.4L equipped Dodge Darts manufactured between 2013 and 2014 built before January 24, 2014. So far, seven accidents have been recorded and two injuries have been associated to this recall.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will issue a recall notice to owners with further instructions on taking their vehicles in to their local dealers for the recall service. Owners can expect the service to include an inspection and replacement of the faulty vacuum tube. Additionally, the vacuum pump, brake booster, and master cylinder could possibly be replaced.
If you own a vehicle that falls within the manufacturer date range, or if you aren’t sure if your vehicle is affected by this recall, you are encouraged to call your local dealers or Fiat Chrysler’s Customer Information Center at 800-853-1403.