2015 Chrysler 200 Recalled For Transmission Replacement
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling about 25,000 of the 2015 Chrysler 200 for a potential transmission replacement. The recall affects V6-powered models equipped with the brand’s new nine-speed automatic transmission. In the affected models, the park rod may become dislodged or broken, preventing the gearbox from shifting into Park. If the park lock does not engage, the vehicle may roll away.
"Inconsistent assembly procedures at a supplier’s plant have been linked to five reports involving customers who could not shift their vehicles into park," FCA said in a statement, adding that it is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.
FCA estimates that 25,734 sedans could be affected by this issue, 22,107 of which were sold in the U.S., 3,600 in Canada and 213 in Mexico. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 9th, 2014 and December 15th, 2014.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall is expected to begin on April 10th, 2015. Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, change the transmission free of charge. Until then, owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 for additional information.
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Why it matters
Granted, Chrysler 200 owners won’t be happy to learn their vehicle might not shift into park, but at least they are not required to stop driving them until the recall begins. However, the problem here is that the 200 isn’t the only FCA-built vehicle using the ZF nine-speed automatic, a transmission that’s been troublesome in the Jeep Cherokee as well. The unit has also found its way into the Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade and the Ram ProMaster City.