Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 320,000 Dodge Dart compact cars in North America that could roll away due to defective shift-cable bushings.
An FCA US investigation discovered certain cars are equipped with a cable bushing that may degrade after prolonged exposure to high ambient heat and humidity. Should degradation occur, it may prohibit the driver from shifting gears.
It may also allow the shift cable to detach from the transmission, which permits the car to roll away. The Italian-American automaker said the recall covers 2013 through 2016 model year automatic transmission Dart cars.
Customers should follow the vehicle’s operating instructions before exiting; these instructions include shutting off the engine and engaging the parking brake.
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The company said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the issue but has several thousand reports of related repairs to vehicles. The recall covers about 298,000 U.S. vehicles, 20,117 in Canada, 3,400 in Mexico and about 900 outside of North America.
FCA will advise customers when they may schedule service, which will be provided free of charge. In the interim, those with questions or concerns may contact their dealers or call the FCA US Recall Information Center at (800) 853-1403.
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Fiat Chrysler ended production of the Dart in 2016 due to poor sales. The company also ended production of the Chrysler 200 sedan as well around that time for the same reason. Only the 300 remains in the line-up.