Think of it was preemptive action.
Sometimes automotive recalls can be for very minor things but these days no one is taking any chances in the wake of, for example, the GM and Toyota debacles. No need to recap any of that. Oh, and then there’s that whole Takata airbag issue going on right now. So what’s up for today? Dodge has announced a voluntary global recall for an estimated 105,458 Dart sedans in the US, Canada, Mexico, and other countries outside of NAFTA because of a possible loss of power brake assistance.
The recall affects 2013-2014 Darts powered only by the 2.0- and 2.4-liter engines (1.4-liter engine aren’t included). Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) identified these Darts to possibly have a brake-booster vacuum-tube routing that inadvertently allows oil to reach the brake booster diaphragm, if ever the vacuum-pump check valve fails. As a result, oil may degrade the diaphragm and lead to a loss of brake-assist. FCA US says it’s aware of two minor injuries and seven accidents that may or may not be related to this issue. Affected owners will receive notices from Dodge within the next 60 days. Dealers will replace the vacuum tube and, if oil is found there, will also swap out the vacuum pump, brake booster, and master cylinder.