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by David Zalstein

A number of Jeep Grand Cherokee models have been recalled in Australia due to a fault related to the SUVs braking system.

A total of 648 Jeep Grand Cherokees built between October 11, 2011 and October 1, 2012 have been recalled to repair a defect with the vehicles’ Ready Alert Braking System (RAB) that could result in increased stopping distances.

Intended to reduce the brake pedal travel required to deliver full braking power in emergency situations, the Ready Alert Braking system works in tandem with the anti-lock braking (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) systems to set the brake pads against the rotors when an emergency stop appears imminent, based on the driver suddenly releasing the throttle pedal.

According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website, the RAB fault could result in drivers experiencing a hard brake pedal feel.

“Due to increased resistance the driver may not push the pedal as intended, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle,” the notice says.

Jeep Grand Cherokee - wheel

Fiat Chrysler Group corporate communications director Karla Leach told CarAdvice the issue was first brought to the company’s attention after a supplier raised concern about the performance of a component that accommodates RAB.

“Brake function was neither lost nor out of compliance with regulation, but pedal feel was not consistent with customer expectations,” Leach said.

“An investigation discovered brake fluid flow was being restricted too much.”

The fix involves a vehicle inspection and a software update to optimise brake fluid flow and restore the appropriate pedal feel, taking approximately one hour to complete at no cost to owners.

The Fiat Chrysler Group is notifying owners of the affected vehicles to arrange inspection times.

Leach said the local division was unaware of any injuries or incidents related to the fault.

Last month, the same issue resulted in 18,690 2012-2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs to be recalled in the US.




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