WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Chrysler is recalling 24,177 vehicles because of a defect that could compromise braking. 

The recall affects the 2010 Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Nitro, Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty. Also covered by the safety recall are 2009 and 2010 Dodge Rams. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recalled vehicles may have been built with an improperly formed or missing brake booster input rod retaining clip. This could result in brake failure without warning.

 Chrysler will replace the brake booster input rod retaining clip free of charge. The safety recall will begin this month. 

Vehicle owners can reach Chrysler at (800) 853-1403.