2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test


2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Recall Notice

November 28, 2011

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall today for Fiat 500 vehicles manufactured from Oct. 24, 2011 to Oct. 26, 2011.

"Some vehicles were assembled with contaminated brake fluid and may experience a degradation of the sealing components within the brake system," according to the recall notice, which can be found via safercar.gov or this Office of Defects Investigation landing page. "This could lead to a loss of braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash."

The recall also affects Dodge Journey vehicles built in that two-day period. Some 340 cars total are subject to the recall. The fix is a replacement of all brake components that come into contact with hydraulic brake fluid. Free of charge, of course. NHTSA said the recall will begin in December.

Rather than wait, I called Chrysler to see if we were unlucky enough to own one of the recalled cars. Armed with the VIN, a pleasant Chrysler customer service rep checked while I listened to "Tracks of My Tears."

She came back with good news: Our car is in the clear.

(As our astute commenters have pointed out, we bought our Fiat last spring, so unless we have a Wayback Machine downstairs, our Fiat would not have been affected by a recall for cars built in October. This writer pleads stupidity or temporal displacement. Maybe both.)

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @9,948 miles

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