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2013-2016 Dodge Dart Transmission Recall

From the NHTSA Defect Summary:

Safety Recall V34 NHTSA 19V293

Transmission Shift Cable Bushing - 2013- 2016 Dodge Dart (April 11, 2019)

Shifter Cable Bushing May Detach From Transmission

If the shifter cable detaches from the transmission, the vehicle may not perform the shifts performed by the driver. Additionally, despite selecting PARK with the shifter, the vehicle may roll away. These scenarios may increase the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V293

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components POWER TRAIN

Potential Number of Units Affected 298,439

Summary Chrysler

(FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2013-2016 Dodge Dart vehicles equipped with 6-speed automatic transmissions. The shifter cable bushing may fail allowing the shift cable to detach from the transmission. Remedy Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission side shifter cable bushing, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May

Safety Recall V34 NHTSA 19V293 Transmission Shift Cable Bushing – 2013-2016 Dodge Dart | FCA

Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is V34. Notes Owners may also contact the National Highway Trac Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

FCA recalls 210,000 new Jeeps and Dodges due to a brake issue

A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V523000

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected 154,335

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and Jeep Compass, 2018 Dodge Journey, and 2019 Jeep Cherokee vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons on these vehicles may have an insufficient coating causing gas pockets to form, potentially reducing rear brake performance.

Remedy

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will bleed the vehicle's brake system, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 28, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is U86.

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

FCA denies rampant clutch issues in Dodge Dart

FCA (Chrysler) was recently able to beat class action certification against California consumers who accused Fiat Chrysler of offering a meager response to alleged clutch defects. 

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel followed up on a tentative ruling and formally rejected proposals for three classes of drivers in California and nationwide who purchased vehicles from FCA US LLC with allegedly faulty clutches that stuck to the floor.  Those vehicles are

  • 2013-2015 Dodge Darts

There have actually been more than a few complaints regarding these vehicles, as evidenced here, here and here.  

Unfortunately, this means that FCA is denying that there are issues with these vehicles AND they've won in court in a class action context.  

HOWEVER.

That doesn't defeat an individual claim here.  If you're in California and you own a 2013-2015 Dodge Dart and have experienced any issues related to poor shifting, transmission failure or any other concern that was covered under the manufacturer's warranty, please contact us immediately at 424-299-4447 for a free consultation for information regarding your vehicle and a potential lemon law claim!

1.5 million Ram trucks recalled to fix shifter problem

Per Consumer Reports, Chrysler is recalling 1.5 million mostly heavy-duty RAM pickups to fix a part that could allow the truck to shift out of park and roll without depressing the brake pedal.

Chrysler says tests revealed that the interlock, which is supposed to keep the transmission from shifting out of park without the driver's foot on the brake and without a key in the ignition, may malfunction if subjected to high temperatures for long periods. The recall is limited to vehicles equipped with shifters mounted on the steering columns; those with rotary-dial shifters or floor-mounted shifters aren't affected, and model-year 2017 trucks built after Dec. 31, 2016, are excluded.

Trucks covered by the recall are certain

  • 2010-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups
  • 2011-2017 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs
  • 2016 and 2017 Ram 3500 chassis cabs of less than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

Some 2009 through 2017 Ram 1500 pickups are also included in the recall. 

Chrysler says it’s “aware of seven potentially related injuries and a small number of potentially related accidents.” Chrysler recommends that customers always use parking brakes and not leave children unattended in parked cars.

Fiat Chrysler Recall: Crash Detection in Jeep Liberty and Chrysler 200

Another recall for Fiat Chrysler to deal with, this time involving headrests that can malfunction in rear collisions.  FCA says that " a safety restraint control computer can degrade after several years of use....  That can stop the headrests from moving forward in a crash to protect front-row occupants from whiplash injuries."  The Wall Street Journal says"  

DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCAU 0.85% NV on Friday issued a recall for nearly 470,000 sedans and SUVs with a fault-prone component that may not deploy safety restraints designed to prevent whiplash in a crash.

The company said 414,134 of the recalled vehicles were sold in the U.S., where it was informed of the problem by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA opened an investigation into the issue in June.

The recall affects 2012 model year Jeep Liberty SUVs and 2012-2013 model year Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger mid-sized sedans, Fiat Chrysler said.

The auto maker said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries linked to the defect, which involves an electronic detection device that may not deploy front row head restraints in the event of a rear-end crash.

Fiat Chrysler said it would send out recall notices next month to owners of the 469,988 affected vehicles sold world-wide.

Earlier this month, the company issued an unrelated recall for 709,837 sport-utility vehicles sold in North America with a potential braking defect. That followed recalls last month for about 50,000 Pacifica minivans and almost a half-million pickups and work trucks.

Frankly, most of the news posted lately has concerned Fiat Chrysler and safety recalls, which is very worrying.  

If you’ve taken your Jeep Liberty, Chrysler 200, or Dodge Avenger to a dealership issues that were covered under the manufacturer's warranty, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

Fiat Chrysler recalls 494,000 Ram trucks for fire hazard

Detroit Free Press reported this interesting information two days ago: 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling almost half a million medium- and heavy-duty Ram trucks over a water pump issue that could potentially cause a fire.

The company said it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue, which affects 2013-17 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs. The recall is limited to trucks with 6.7-liter engines, the company said in a news release, noting that it no longer equips vehicles with that water pump.

"Customer feedback prompted an FCA US investigation that discovered certain trucks are equipped with a water-pump bearing that, after exposure to certain conditions, may overheat and potentially cause an engine-compartment fire," the release said. "Compromised water-pump function may activate a warning light in an affected vehicle’s instrument cluster. Customers are urged to consult their dealers whenever they observe warning lights."

The scope of any potential fire is apparently wide. A company spokesman said that "in accordance with (the) regulatory definition, which includes everything from a burning odor to open flame, we are aware of a small number of such incidents. Of these, a smaller number involved damage – none of which extended beyond the immediate area of the water pump."

The company said affected customers would be advised when service is available. The water pumps will be inspected and replaced if necessary.

The recall affects about 443,712 trucks in the United States, 46,220 in Canada and 4,485 outside North America.

Customer with questions can call the FCA U.S. Recall Information Center at (800) 853-1403.

If you’ve taken your Dodge Ram to a dealership issues that were covered under the manufacturer's warranty, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!