Chrysler recalls 26k cars due to transmission issue

Brittany A. Roston - Feb 26, 2015, 5:25pm CST
Chrysler recalls 26k cars due to transmission issue

Chrysler is back with another recall this year, this one concerning its new Chrysler 200 sedans specifically. The problem is a serious one, though arguably not as serious as whatever is causing Jeeps to catch on fire: a transmission problem could cause the car to roll away after it fails to properly shift into park. The auto maker says it has received five complaints from owners who could not get their cars to shift into park. The majority of the affected vehicles are located in the United States.

According to the auto maker, this issue affects some of its 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans, all of them being models with a V6 engine. In this case, the transmission might not shift into park. It seems that when the car is shut off, the shifter might indicate that it is in park when it isn’t. To avoid the potential roll-away issues this could cause, drivers are advised to make sure the parking brake is engaged before shutting off the car.

The reason has been cited as “inconsistent assembly procedures at a supplier’s plant”. Which supplier was not specified, and further details on what is causing the troubles are likewise absent. Fortunately, no injuries or crashes have been reported in relation to this problem.

As with other recalls, owners will be notified if their vehicle is included under the recall, and will be able to take it in for inspection. If it is found faulty, the solution to the problem is a big one: replacement of the transmission. 22,107 of the cars are in the US, while 3600 are in Canada and 213 are in Mexico.

SOURCE: Detroit News

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