Diesel Emissions Settlement - Fiat Chrysler in talks over potential

Andrew Cummings
January 18, 2018

Concert Fiat Chrysler announced the decision to recall around 1.8 million vehicles in the United States, Canada, Mexico and certain other markets because of problems with the transmission.

The Italian-American automaker said Friday that it would recall the vehicles, covering a wide spectrum of Ram heavy-duty pickups dating back to the 2009 model year.

FCA says it knows of seven injuries that may be related, plus a small, unspecified number of crashes.

Owners will be notified on when to get service.

However, the company noted that Ram trucks built after December 31, 2016 aren't affected by the issue and thus excluded from the recall. This device typically stops a auto from moving out of park until a driver releases pressure of the brake pedal.

Feinberg said the proposals were briefly discussed at a meeting Tuesday with the parties, along with the Justice Department, California Air Resources Board and German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH, which develops diesel vehicle systems, and has also been sued by diesel owners.

"FCA US will restore BTSI function in the vehicles subject to this recall", advises Tom Mc Carthy, Head of Safety Compliance and Product Analysis. The company says drivers should always use parking brakes as a safeguard. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had 27 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. This recall represents approximately 1.5 million vehicles in the US and another 300,000 internationally.

Fiat Chrysler said the issue applies to shifters mounted to steering columns, not rotary-dial shifters or floor-mounted shifters.

While both recalls involved the shifter, the Grand Cherokee's shifting mechanism is different than that of the Dodge Ram.

If you drive a Ram truck model from 2010 to 2017, this one's for you. That problem affected 23 recalls and over 11 million vehicles.

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