2014 Fiat 500L Recalled To Fix Transmission Problem


  • 2014 Fiat 500L Picture

    2014 Fiat 500L Picture

    Chrysler is recalling 19,500 2014 Fiat 500L cars to upgrade the transmission software after reports that the automatic transmission would not shift readily out of park. | March 10, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler is recalling 19,500 2014 Fiat 500L cars to upgrade the transmission software after reports that the automatic transmission would not shift readily out of park.
  • In addition, the affected transmissions may not receive, or are slow to receive, an intended gear selection, Chrysler said.
  • Consumers will be contacted shortly and advised when to schedule service.

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan Chrysler is recalling 19,500 2014 Fiat 500L cars to upgrade the transmission software after reports that the automatic transmission would not shift readily out of park, the automaker said on Friday.

In addition, the affected transmissions may not receive, or are slow to receive, an intended gear selection, Chrysler said.

"Chrysler Group engineers launched an investigation after reviewing reports that some vehicles equipped with dual dry clutch automatic transmissions would not shift readily out of park and/or their transmissions did not receive, or were slow to receive, an intended gear selection," the automaker said in a statement. "The investigation discovered the function of one microcontroller component may be compromised by certain temperature extremes. A software update resolves the issue."

Chrysler said of the total, an estimated 200 Fiat 500Ls "may require shift-module replacement to ensure hardware-software compatibility."

"Chrysler Group is unaware of any related injuries or accidents," the statement said.

Several 2014 Fiat 500 owners have posted complaints about the car with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Does not shift into gear," said one complaint posted on the NHTSA Web site on February 20. "Vehicle came to a complete stop while driving, very dangerous being on the expressway with family. After several attempts vehicle began to shift again."

Consumers will be contacted shortly and advised when to schedule service, Chrysler said. Fiat dealers will upgrade the transmission software. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

No information about the Fiat 500L recall had been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as of Monday morning. The agency oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.

Edmunds says: If you own a 2014 Fiat 500L, you'll want to get this problem fixed as soon as you are contacted by Chrysler. But if you are having problems, get the car into the dealership immediately.

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