AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Fiat-Chrysler is recalling an estimated 39,217 2012-'16 Fiat 500 mini-compact cars in the United States to fix a clutch-release problem, the automaker said Wednesday.
A company investigation "determined certain vehicles equipped with manual transmissions are subject to clutch travel that may exceed design parameters," Fiat-Chrysler said in a statement. "Over time, this may cause component damage capable of restricting gear shifts and propulsion."
There are no injuries or accidents linked to the recall. Fiat-Chrysler said a small number of cases involve damage.
Vehicles with turbocharged engines are not included in the recall.
No information about the recall has been posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site, which oversees vehicle safety in the United States.
Edmunds says: If you have a problem with the clutch on your base engine Fiat 500, contact your Fiat dealer now. If you're not experiencing a problem with it, wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment.