Recall for possible brake defect affects 700,000 vehicles

Texas residents who are concerned about vehicle safety may want to know about a recall that affects more than 700,000 sport-utility vehicles in North America. According to parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, approximately 21,000 of these vehicles are located in Mexico and about 42,000 in Canada. An estimated 646,000 recalled vehicles are registered to owners who live in the United States, traveling roadways that span the nation.

The 2017 recall follows an earlier recall in 2014 that targeted the same group of vehicles. At that time, the automaker attempted to correct a defect that allowed water to compromise the braking system in 2011- through 2014-model-year Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs. Subsequently, the improper installation of brake booster shields that were intended to correct the problem may have further degraded brake function in some of the affected vehicles.

The defect has been potentially linked to a single crash, according to FCA officials. No injuries were reported in that incident. However, the company is offering free repair of the defect at Fiat Chrysler dealerships. Motorists who notice any possible signs of the defect, which include activation of the anti-lock braking system, illumination of a warning light and brakes that feel excessively tight, are encouraged to take the vehicle to a dealership for an inspection.

Although FCA has taken steps to mitigate any potential danger by issuing the recall, the responsible parties may remain liable for damages if a serious accident is later linked to the defect. A Texas resident who is injured as the result of such an incident may find it beneficial to have the case reviewed by an attorney who has products liability experience in order to determine the party or parties that should be held financially responsible for the losses that have been incurred.

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