FCA Recalls 820,000 SUV’s

Posted by: Xavier Kwan onApril 25th, 2016

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FCA issued a recall on an estimated 820,000 SUVs and sedans due to a misleading transmission. That might sound strange, but the issue is that their new transmission gear selector is not as sensitive as it needs to be which misleads drivers to think that the car is in the Park gear when in fact it isn’t. The automaker is changing their warning indicators should the gear of choice is not selected properly.

So far, there have been 41 injuries linked to this recall. The issue isn’t that the transmission is faulty, it’s that the selector isn’t sensitive enough or provides enough sense of engagement that results in incorrect driver gear selection. Instead of a position on the gear selector like traditional automatic transmissions, FCA’s new transmissions use indicator lights to signal a selected gear.

The fix for the recall will include enhancing the warning indicators via lights and possible auditory signals to notify drivers of an error. Further fail safe features will be programmed into the transmission as well to help with situation where a wrong gear is selected and results in the car rolling away if the driver steps out. So far, vehicles that have been identified as impacted include the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans. An estimated 52,144 vehicles are located in Canada.

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