Chrysler recalls 9,655 vans in North America for accelerator issue
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[February 08, 2014]
DETROIT (Reuters) — Chrysler Group LLC
said on Friday it is recalling an estimated 9,655 full-size vans in
North America to replace a part that could lead to the accelerator
pedal getting stuck in the wide open position.
About half the affected 2014 Ram ProMaster vans are still on dealer
lots and cannot be sold until they are repaired. Owners will be
notified of the recall, which will be done at no cost, Chrysler
A spokesman for Chrysler, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles <FIA.MI>,
said there were no reports of accidents or injuries relating to the
Every Chrysler vehicle is equipped with a brake-throttle override
system that allows the driver to stop the vehicle by applying the
brake pedal to override any simultaneous accelerator input, Chrysler
The automaker will replace the pedal stop, or trim piece that
surrounds the opening accommodating the accelerator pedal shaft.
The issue was discovered at a company test track, when a driver
applied downward force at an angle and the pedal stuck in an open
position, company spokesman Eric Mayne said.
Chrysler said it had shared its findings with Fiat due to the
ProMaster's similarity to the Ducato van, though the Fiat vehicle
has a different design. Fiat found no reports of pedal sticking in
the Ducato, launched in 2006 and sold in more than 80 countries but
not in the United States.
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The affected part was already scheduled for replacement to
improve the driving experience before the issue was discovered,
Of the affected vans, an estimated 7,935 are in the United States,
1,437 in Canada and 283 in Mexico, Mayne said.
(Reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit;
editing by Bernadette Baum)
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