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  • 3 April 2014, 5:09

Chrysler Recalls 867,795 SUVs Over Brake Concerns

Chrysler Group is recalling 867,795 SUVs to install a shield that protects brakes.

It comes following an investigation by the company that was prompted by customer complaints about stiff brake-pedals.

The models under inspection are the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango, made between 2011 and 2014.

The majority of cars affected are in North America, though 160,000 will be called back from outside the continent.

The recall, which comes eight weeks after the issue was flagged, includes 2,420 Jeep Grand Cherokees in the UK.

Chrysler has discovered that certain vehicles with brake boosters may be subject to corrosion in crimp joints that are exposed to water.

If water passes through the joints and makes its way into the brake boosters, there is a risk that brake function may be compromised as drivers "experience excessive brake-pedal firmness."

The company says it will examine all recalled vehicles and replace boosters if their capability has been reduced.

It says all new boosters will be equipped with a shield to protect crimp joints from water.

Chrysler Group has reported one accident related to the problem but to date there are no known injuries.

The latest recall adds another dent in the motor industry as Chrysler's move follows that of General Motors', which has recalled 2.6m cars since February.