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Dodge Darts Recalled for Transmission

September 16, 2015

Photo of Dodge Dart courtesy of FCA US.
Photo of Dodge Dart courtesy of FCA US.

FCA US is recalling 23,688 2013-2015 model-year Dodge Dart cars because a faulty transmission control-module mounting bracket may cause the transmission to unexpectedly shift into neutral.

The recall affects cars manufactured from Feb. 24, 2012, to June 16 of this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. 

"An FCA US investigation prompted by a small number of warranty claims discovered a control-module mounting bracket may apply too much force and disrupt the function of a circuit board within the module," the automaker explained in a released statement. "This condition, unique to certain cars equipped with dual dry-clutch transmissions (DDCT), may cause the transmission to shift into neutral. However, the engine remains on and the vehicle’s air bags, as well as other safety features, are unaffected."

The condition may be preceded by the illumination of a dashboard warning light. "Customers who observe this are urged to contact their dealers," FCA US noted.

The campaign is limited to Darts equipped with DDCTs. Additional vehicles will be recalled in Canada (3,376), Mexico (five) and outside the NAFTA region (451), the automaker said.

FCA US added that it isn't aware of any related injuries or accidents. To fix the problem, dealers will replace the transmission control module and mounting bracket. There will be no charge for this service.

Vehicle owners can reach Dodge customer service at (800) 853-1403. The FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) number for this recall is R42. 

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