Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recalled 50,000 Fiat 500 hatchbacks over automatic transmission problems. According to the automaker, the transmissions may fail to shift into Park, making vehicles vulnerable to rollaway accidents. In some extreme cases, the transmission problem could prevent drivers from shifting into or out of Drive, Reverse, and Neutral.
Impacted vehicles include the Fiat 500 hatchback cars of the 2012 and 2013 model years.
In its official statement, the firm stated that the transmissions in these vehicles come with faulty connectors known as transmission cable bushings. They join the shift lever to the transmission and can deteriorate. Fiat will repair all impacted vehicles at no cost to car owners.
The automaker learned of at least three accidents caused by the transmission issue behind this recall. Thankfully, Fiat added in its official report, the crashes did not result in any injuries.
The fact that this problem already produced accidents is concerning. Drivers who own or drive the impacted vehicle models regularly should beware of the risks. Ignoring this recall could make similar accidents more likely to occur.
Impacted units include the Fiat 500 hatchbacks fitted with automatic transmissions and manufactured between Dec. 2, 2010 and January 30, 2013.
To fix this problem, the transmission cable bushing in impacted vehicles will be replaced by parts made with more durable material.
If you own one of the Fiat 500 vehicles listed under this recall, the company will send you a notification in January 2020. To some drivers, however, waiting for a fix may be concerning as they may feel the problem could impact them before the firm is ready to implement the proposed repair.
If you are concerned, contact the company’s customer service at 1-800-853-1404 and ask more details about this recall and how you should proceed to avoid accidents.
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