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From Products Liability Law Daily, June 22, 2015

NHTSA opens investigation into brake pedal problems in Dodge Dart vehicles

By John Dumoulin

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has opened a preliminary evaluation regarding alleged brake pedal problems in model year 2013 Dodge Dart vehicles in order to assess the scope, frequency, and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect (NHTSA ODI Investigation, No. PE15-024, June 18, 2015).

Problem description. ODI has received 18 complaints alleging that the brake pedal can suddenly become hard to depress and that the vehicle’s braking distance has unexpectedly increased on model year 2013 Dodge Dart vehicles.

Background. The complaints include the following information: (1) several drivers report hearing a pop noise or an air hissing noise when applying the brake pedal, followed by a hard pedal feel and reduced brake effectiveness; (2) some drivers allege that they had to use the parking brake to stop the vehicle; and (3) some owners indicate that the brake booster and/or master cylinder were replaced to correct the problem.

Companies: Chrysler; FCA US LLC

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