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Chrysler Recalls SUVs Worldwide as BMW Plans Car Recall in China

April 4, 2014

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling a number of its SUVs across the globe as BMW plans to recall a batch of cars made in China.

Chrysler recently issued a recall affecting 867,795 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs. The company seeks to install a brake booster shield to prevent corrosion that results from undue water exposure.

In a statement, Chrysler Group revealed that it started an investigation after receiving customer complaints about ‘excessive brake-pedal firmness.’ The investigation revealed that some vehicles have brake boosters that have small crimp joints, which may corrode when exposed to water.

“Should water enter the boosters through corroded joints – a previously unseen occurrence – brake function may be compromised if the water freezes,” according to the company.

“Absent water ingestion in sub-freezing conditions, a booster that exhibits corrosion will deliver brake function in compliance with federal safety standards,” Chrysler claimed. Nonetheless, customers may notice excessive brake-pedal firmness.

The company said that it knows of one accident linked to the problem, but there were no injuries.

The affected Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs are from model years 2011 to 2014. Chrysler Group will inspect the vehicles and replace the boosters if necessary. The crimp joints will be protected from water by equipping the boosters with a shield.

Chrysler Group will shoulder the cost of the replacement.

The company will contact owners of the affected vehicles to inform them how to schedule service with dealers. There are approximately 644,354 affected customers in the United States, 42,380 in Canada and 21,376 in Mexico. There are 159,685 other affected customers outside the NAFTA region.

According to Chrysler Group, the brake boosters found in current production vehicles have crimp joints with special coating that helps them resist corrosion.

Meanwhile, BMW announced that it will recall 232,000 imported and locally built cars in China due to potentially defective screws. According to a spokesman, the automaker will inspect the vehicles and see if their six-cylinder gasoline engines have screws that are most likely to break and cause oil loss.

As Reuters reported, the cars will be inspected to specifically check if the screws used on the casing of the VANOS valve timing system is prone to braking. If the screw does break, the VANOS could lose oil, activating the warning lamp that will inform owners to bring their cars to the dealer immediately in order to avoid engine damage.

Among the vehicles to be inspected are 93,000 3-series and 5-series cars BMW manufactured in China with joint venture partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings. The engines with the potentially defective screws were included in a batch made between June 2009 and June 2013.

China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine told the Munich-based automaker that a recall was necessary. BMW will begin inspecting the vehicles in June, and will require car owners to leave their vehicles with the dealer for four hours.

The BMW spokesman revealed that the company will determine if the defective screw problem would require recalls in other markets. Other vehicles being investigated for the issue are the 1-series, 6-series and off-road variants like the X1, X3, X5, X6 and Z4.

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