The Ford Motor Company has recalled 2013 -2014 F-150 pick up trucks due to a problem with the brakes. The trucks involved in this recall were manufactured Between August 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014 and equipped with 3.5L engines. The problem with the brakes is that the master cylinder rear cup seal can leak brake fluid from the reservoir into the brake booster. The loss of brake fluid results in the loss of braking power to the front brakes and increases the likelihood of a crash. The recall was expected to begin on July 11, 2016. Owners of the recalled vehicles should take their trucks to an authorized Ford Dealership where dealers will replace the master cylinder and if necessary, the brake booster, free of charge. For additional information, owners can contact Ford customer service by calling 1-800436-7332 and referencing recall # 16S24.
General Motors has recalled certain 2016 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles due to a problem with the memory chip located in the electronic brake control module (EBCM). The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 7 and March 12, 2016. The failure of the memory chip can cause the loss of the anti lock braking system and electronic stability control. According to GM, if the EBCM fails, the primary braking function will still operate but, the vehicle will be harder to stop increasing the risk of a crash. GM has already begun notifying owners and replacing the EBCMs as of June 17, 2016. For additional information, owners can contact GM by calling Chevrolet customer service at 1800-222-1020 and referencing recall # 39440.
Chrysler has recalled 2009-2016 Dodge Journey vehicles manufactured between July 31, 2007 and November 12, 2016 for a problem with a defective power steering return hose. The hose can rupture at engine start-up after being exposed to cold temperatures. The rupture can cause a loss of power steering which can also increase the risk of a crash. Chrysler dealers will replace the power steering return hoses, steel tubes and oil cooler free of charge. The recall is currently in progress and owners should take their vehicles to their Chrysler dealer for the free repair. For additional information, owners can contact Chrysler by calling 1-800-853-1403 and referencing recall # S08.
Chrysler has also recalled certain 2016 Jeep Cherokee Vehicles manufactured between September 30, 2015 and October 2, 2015. These vehicles were manufactured with left side halfshafts that can fracture without warning. A fractured halfshaft can disconnect from the drive axle increasing the risk of a crash. This recall was begun on June 30th and has been assigned recall # S38. Chrysler has also discovered that the problem extends to the right side halfshaft. As a result, Chrysler has extended the manufacturing period of the recalled vehicles to include October 3, 2015 to March 22, 2016. Chrysler has also assigned the recall number of S39 to address problems with the right side halfshafts. For additional information, owners can contact Chrysler by calling 1-800-853-1403 and referencing the appropriate recall number.