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2013-2014 Dodge Dart recalled over power brake failure
In terms of affordable transportation, the Dodge Dart is tough to beat. It's got some peppy drivetrains, lots of interior room, and style for days. It was also quite a safe little car, until it was discovered that the brakes could suddenly lose power assist, which could turn the little Dart into a Projectile...
According to Fiat/Chrysler, some 121,603 copies of the 2013-2014 Dodge Dart (produced before Jan. 24, 2014), that were fitted with either the 2.0L 4-cyl, or the 2.4L 4-cyl, had a manufacturing defect that allowed oil into the brake booster vacuum tube (the tube was routed incorrectly). If this happens, the vacuum pump check valve would eventually fail, allowing that oil to reach and destroy the brake booster diaphram. Once this happens, the brake booster will no longer be able to provide power assistance when you step on the pedal, and the condition may be preceded by a 'pop' or 'hissing' sound, consistent with a vacuum leak. The car's brakes will still continue to function, but operating the brake pedal will require a considerable amount of effort, and the overall stopping distance will be increased.
Of the 121k Dodge Darts affected by the recall, 105,458 of them were sold in the U.S., 11,996 were sold in Canada, 3,705 were sold in Mexico, and 444 of them were shipped outside of the NAFTA region. Out of the U.S. cars, FCA is aware of two minor injuries and seven accidents that are or may be related to this condition.
The recall hasn't officially begun as of this writing, but FCA will soon notify owners when they can bring their cars in for a free fix. The recall service comprises an inspection and vacuum-tube replacement. However, if oil is found in the vacuum tube, dealers will also replace the vacuum pump, brake booster, and master cylinder free of charge.
If you have questions concerning this recall, contact the FCA US Customer Information Center at 1-800-853-1403.
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