It is not a good start for the new year.
The Chrysler Group is recalling 24,000 Dodge and Jeep automobiles because of a defect that could cause the brakes to fail.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the bulk of the recall applies to the Dodge Ram pickup truck, model years 2009-2010 as well as the 2010 Chrysler Sebring, the Dodge Avenger and Nitro, the Jeep Liberty, Commander and Grand Cherokee.
A rod-retaining clip has been fitted incorrectly and some reports are that in Ram trucks the part has not been fitted at all.
During a test at a factory in Mexico, the truck experienced a complete loss of brake power. No accidents are reported as a result of the brake issue, but Chrysler says the problem with the braking system could result in brake failure without warning, “which could cause a crash.”
Chrysler is working closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the recall.
The auto giant is in the midst of trying to rebuild its image after going through bankruptcy last year and receiving federal bailout money. Fiat SpA took over the company amid a sales fall of 36 percent in 2009.
NHTSA is encouraging consumers to call Chrysler to obtain the fix. #