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Fiat Chrysler Recalls Nearly 1.8 Million Pickup Trucks to Fix Gearshift Glitch

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is recalling nearly 1.8 million pickup trucks to repair a gearbox defect that may allow vehicles to inadvertently shift out of “park” mode and move, the latest in a series of recalls.


By

Chester Dawson

DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said Friday it is recalling nearly 1.8 million pickup trucks to repair a gearbox defect that may allow vehicles to inadvertently shift out of “park” mode and move, the latest in a series of recalls.

The recall affects certain 2009-2017 model year light-duty Ram 1500 pickups as well as heavy-duty Ram pickups and chassis cab trucks, including 1.48 million sold in the U.S., the company said.

These vehicles may move when parked even without a key in the ignition or a foot on the pedals “if subject to specific high temperature conditions for prolonged periods,” it said.

Fiat Chrysler said seven injuries and “small number of accidents” are potentially related to the flaw with the vehicles’ brake transmission shift interlock, which the company discovered after a review of field data.

The auto maker said it would fix impaired vehicles and recommended regular use of the parking brake until the glitch is remedied.

It is the fifth major recall by Fiat Chrysler in the past four months, each unrelated to the others and affecting different vehicle models.

Last month, Fiat Chrysler recalled about 8,000 late model Jeep Compass model SUVs to fix defective air bags that pose a potential hazard to front seat passengers. 

In October, it issued a recall for 709,837 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs sold in North America with a potential braking defect stemming from a previous recall three years ago. 

And in September, the company recalled about 50,000 Chrysler Pacifica minivans and almost a half-million Ram heavy-duty pickups and medium-duty work trucks. 

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