Reports of Difficult Braking Lead to Dodge Dart Investigation

Reports of Difficult Braking Lead to Dodge Dart Investigation
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June 23, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is now looking into reports of difficult braking in certain model year 2013 Dodge Dart vehicles.

NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 18 complaints alleging that the brake pedal on the Dodge Dart vehicles in question can suddenly become hard to depress and that the vehicle's braking distance unexpectedly increased.

The complaints submitted to ODI 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.

ODI has opened a Preliminary Evaluation to assess the scope, frequency, and potential safety-related consequences of the alleged defect. Upon the conclusion of this initial analysis, ODI will make a determination as to whether the alleged problem warrants further investigation.

An estimated 121,000 Dodge Dart vehicles could be impacted.

The vehicle owner complaints referenced above can be reviewed at SaferCar.gov under the following identification numbers: 10723889, 10721220, 10715993, 10713690, 10695212, 10668965, 10660526, 10659435, 10638228, 10619184, 10610512, 10597398, 10583883, 10569142, 10565689, 10556239, 10533514, and 10533008.