Chrysler Recalls Vans, Crossovers for Transmission Flaw

Promaster is Ram's answer to the trend toward Euro-style commercial vans started by Mercedes-Benz's Sprinter, and propagated later by the popularity of Ford's little Transit Connect. Parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles builds its newest work van in Saltillo, where it also makes the Fiat 500 and Ram pickup trucks.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled 9,200 minivans and crossovers to fix a transmission flaw that could render the vehicles undriveable.

The transmission in question is the six-speed used in the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans, Dodge Journey crossovers and Ram Promaster cargo vans. Transport Canada’s recall notice says a pump in the transmission that delivers the hydraulic pressure needed to make the gearbox function could seize or break.

Our reading of the recall suggests that would cause a “false neutral” situation in which the transmission would stop transmitting power to the front wheels, and that (probably sudden) loss of forward progress could cause a collision.

Dealers are being instructed to replace the transmission pump assembly in the 2015 and 2016 model year versions of the vehicles affected.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.