Chrysler recalling 500 and Journey for braking issue

November 30, 2011 12:00 AM

Chrysler has announced that it will be recalling hundreds of Fiat 500 and Dodge Journey vehicles made in 2011 due to a mistake made during the assembly process, reports Autoblog.

For a three-day period in the middle of October, more than 300 Dodge Journey and Fiat 500 vehicles were accidentally given the wrong brake fluid. Apparently, the fluid had accidentally been stored in a barrel that previously contained power steering fluid at the automaker's Toluca Assembly Plant in Mexico. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicles that have this contaminated fluid "may experience a degradation of the sealing components within the brake system."

Owners will be notified if they have one of the affected vehicles shortly. Chrysler is replacing any components that came into contact with the fluid free of charge, with the repairs expected to begin in December.

Brake fluid is one of the most important parts of a vehicle, and drivers who want to keep their system running perfectly should be sure to focus on it during auto maintenance. Brake service will typically replace the old fluid in the system and reduce the chance of a major problem occurring, which could be extremely dangerous if braking ability is lost.

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