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NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V800000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: R63
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013-2014 Dodge Dart vehicles manufactured from February 27, 2012 through January 23, 2014 and equipped with either a 2.0L or 2.4L engine. Approximately 105,458 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: In affected vehicles, engine oil from the vacuum pump may seep into the brake booster, damaging a component within the brake booster.
Concern: Internal damage to brake booster could result in a loss of brake assist, lengthening the distance needed to stop the vehicle and increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Chrysler will notify owners with specific instructions for locating qualified dealers that will inspect the brake booster grommet for the presence of oil. If no oil is found, the vacuum tube assembly will be replaced. If oil is found, the vacuum pump, vacuum tube assembly, brake booster and master cylinder will be replaced. Parts are not currently available to remedy the vehicles. Owners will be sent an interim notification and then will be sent a second notice when remedy parts are available. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V793000
Ford Recall Campaign Number: 15S34
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2010-2011 Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured from July 21, 2008 through March 4, 2011 and 2010-2011 Mercury Milan vehicles manufactured from July 23, 2008 through December 10, 2010. Approximately 411,205 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: The affected vehicles have fuel vapor canisters whose purge valves may not operate properly resulting in abnormal pressure changes in the fuel tank.
Concern: The pressure changes may cause the tank to crack and leak fuel. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Correction: Ford will notify owners with detailed instructions for contacting qualified dealers who will update the vehicle powertrain control modules and inspect the vehicle for any diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) for this issue and perform a leak test on the Canister Purge Valve (CPV). The fuel tank will be inspected for cracks. The CPV and fuel tank will be replaced as necessary. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 11, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.