Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is voluntarily recalling nearly 105,500 compact sedans in the United States due to potential problems with a brake-assist feature that helps reduce stopping distances. The automaker is aware of two minor injuries and seven accidents that may be related to problem.
The U.S. recall — announced Thursday — involves 2013-14 Dodge Darts with 2-liter and 2.4-liter engines that were produced before Jan. 24, 2014. The problem also impacts an estimated 11,996 cars in Canada; 3,705 in Mexico; and 444 outside North America.
Some of the cars may be subject to oil migration that could affect the brakes’ power-assist feature. If this occurs, the driver may notice that the pedal feels hard and it may take longer stop in emergency situations. Regular brake functions are unaffected, the company said. The problem may be preceded by a pop or a sound consistent with a vacuum leak.
Customers who experience problems should contact dealers.
Owners will be notified. The fix entails an inspection and vacuum-tube replacement. If oil is found in the vacuum tube, dealers will replace the vacuum pump, brake booster and master cylinder.