FCA Recalls Chrysler, Jeep and Ram Models for Transmission Flaw

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling more than 35,000 vehicles to fix a wiring connection that could lead to a transmission malfunction.

In some Chrysler 200, Jeep Cherokee and Renegade and Ram Promaster City models, the nine-speed automatic transmission’s wiring harness may have improper crimps that could cause a poor electrical connection. If that happens, the transmission may unexpectedly shift into neutral.

FCA hasn’t come up with a fix yet, but we expect it will be relatively straightforward and involve inspecting the wiring harnesses in the affected vehicles and replacing them where necessary.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has spent a lot of time dealing with transmission-related problems in recent months. In June 2016, the company recalled vehicles equipped with its six-speed automatic to fix faulty hydraulic transmission pumps, and an April recall followed incidents of vehicle rollaways blamed on an electronic shifter.

Chrysler is also one of a handful of automakers that has devoted a lot of engineering effort to address shift quality issues in the nine-speed automatic, which is built by a German company called ZF and also used by Honda and Land Rover.

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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.