Brake issues linked to seven crashes and two injuries are prompting a Dodge Dart recall.
Friday, Fiat Chrysler announced it’s recalling more than 100,000 Dodge Darts from the 2013-2014 model years. The problem is that the power-assist brakes may potentially fail due to an oil leak within a part.
The recall impacts 105,458 Darts sold in the U.S. with 2-liter and 2.4-liter engines. If you have a Dodge Dart here are the warning signs to look for: a pop or sound consistent with a vacuum leak or a hard-pedal feeling.
If you want all the mechanical nitty-gritty, Fiat Chrysler describes the issue like this:
The vehicles may have 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.
Of course, dealer will inspect and replace vacuum-tubes for free if needed. If oil is found in the vacuum tube, dealers will also replace the vacuum pump, bake booster and master cylinder.
Owners can call the FCA US Customer Information Center at 1-800-853-1403