WASHINGTON — Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 1,232 2015-'16 Dodge Dart compact sedans equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a manual transmission because of an engine control module safety software issue, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the affected vehicles, the powertrain control module that monitors the engine torque output may be missing a backup layer of software," NHTSA said in its recall summary. "Without a backup layer of software, the control module may fail to prevent an un-commanded torque event, increasing the risk of a crash."
Simply put, the concern is that the cars may experience unintended acceleration.
There are no injuries, accidents or complaints linked to the recall, Fiat-Chrysler said in a filing with federal safety regulators.
Fiat-Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne told Edmunds there are three layers of safety software in the affected cars and that two of them remain functional.
A stop-sale order is in effect on the affected vehicles.
The affected 2016 Dart cars were built from July 25, 2015 to December 16, 2015. The affected 2015 Dart cars were brought in for dealer service between September 15, 2015 and January 12, 2016.
Edmunds says: Owners should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their dealer. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.