FCA recalls 209,000 vans, SUVs, crossovers for brake glitch

Fiat Chrysler said Thursday it is recalling nearly 209,000 minivans, SUVs and crossovers worldwide to inspect and fix a brake problem that can cause longer stopping distances.

The recall covers the 2018 Dodge Journey, 2019 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 and 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and Jeep Compass. Most of the recalled vehicles — an estimated 154,337 — were built in Spring 2018 and have been sold in the United States or are in U.S. dealer inventories, FCA said.

The automaker says a brake-system part wasn’t produced to specifications.

“In new vehicles with very low mileage, these components may cause gas bubbles to form in a vehicle’s brake fluid,” the company said in a statement. “Brake function would remain in such circumstances, but stopping distances may be increased.”

FCA said it has received no customer complaints or reports of any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.

Vehicle owners will be notified soon and dealers will replace the brake fluid, which Fiat Chrysler said will repair the problem.