Chrysler recalls 870,000 SUVs

Posted at 1:18 PM, Apr 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-02 13:18:14-04

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Chrysler will recall nearly 870,000 SUVs worldwide to fix a problem with the brake system, the company said Wednesday.

The recall affects certain Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos from model years 2011-2014. An estimated 644,354 of the recalled SUVs are in the U.S.

The automaker, owned by the recently renamed Italian company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, will install a shield on the recalled vehicles that protects brake boosters from undue water corrosion. The problem can cause excessive brake-pedal firmness.

Chrysler is aware of one related accident and no injuries.

When customers bring the vehicles to dealers, the brake boosters may be replaced if their capability has been compromised. A shield will be installed in all of the SUVs brought to dealers.

Chrysler is the latest U.S. automaker to issue a recall. General Motors has recalled nearly 7 million vehicles so far this year and CEO Mary Barra testified before a Senate committee Wednesday about how the company handled some of those recalls.