Posts tagged Brakes
FCA recalls 210,000 new Jeeps and Dodges due to a brake issue

A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V523000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)


Potential Number of Units Affected 154,335


Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and Jeep Compass, 2018 Dodge Journey, and 2019 Jeep Cherokee vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons on these vehicles may have an insufficient coating causing gas pockets to form, potentially reducing rear brake performance.


Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will bleed the vehicle's brake system, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 28, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is U86.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

General Motors Brakes Class Action - Harris v. General Motors, LLC

A class action lawsuit was filed on October 23, 2017 in a Texas court alleging that General Motors vehicles have brake booster problems that necessitate the replacements of the boosters and master cylinders.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division - John J. Harris, et. al., v. General Motors Company (5:2017cv00180). Class counsel is Wyly and Rommel and can be reached here:

The proposed GM brake failure class-action lawsuit includes all former and current owners and lessees of the following vehicles:

  • 2015-2016 Cadillac Escalade

  • 2014-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

  • 2015-2016 Chevrolet Suburban

  • 2015-2106 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • 2014-2016 GMC Sierra 1500

  • 2015-2016 GMC Yukon

The lawsuit alleges GM's strategy is to engage in deception upon customers, while even technical service bulletins allegedly contain false and deceptive information about fixing the defects because the repairs do not fix the vehicles and the statements are designed to mislead dealers and vehicle owners.

According to the lawsuit, GM issued a series of service bulletins to dealers regarding the brake problems.  

If you’re in California and you own a Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra or GMC Yukon and have experienced any issues related to premature brake wear or any other concern that was covered under the manufacturer's warranty, please contact us immediately at 424-299-4447 for a free consultation for information regarding your vehicle and a potential lemon law claim!

Another Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee Recall (Brakes)

Fiat Chrysler Auto (FCA) issued another huge recall on a series of vehicles it already issued a recall on.  No word yet on how long it'll take FCA to get these components in stock, especially given FCA's track record of not having recall components in stock and getting fined by NHTSA for that.  In pertinent part, the Detroit Free Press says [bold font edits are mine]:

Fiat Chrysler announced it is recalling more than 700,000 Jeep and Dodge sport-utility vehicles to resolve a potential problem with the vehicles’ brakes that can make it difficult to stop.

The action affects Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos from model years 2011–14 with about 646,000 of those vehicles in the U.S. 

The company said a mistake installing the brake-booster shields may allow water intrusion, which can cause corrosion and freezing, impacting the functionality of the brakes. Signs of a problem include excessive brake-pedal firmness, activations of the anti-lock brakes and illumination of a warning light.

It isn’t the first time FCA has tried to resolve the problem. In fact, the installation of the shields was supposed to eliminate the issue in 2014. However, some weren’t installed correctly the company discovered reviewing warranty data.

If you’ve taken your Grand Cherokee or Durango to a dealership issues that were covered under the manufacturer's warranty, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!