In fact, the Fiat Chrysler recall includes over 8000 Dodge Challenger vehicles of the model year 2017. The affected vehicles have 5.7-liter V8 engines, as well as eight-speed automatic transmissions. It’s worth noting that there are approximately 390 recalled cars in Canada and 119 vehicles outside the U.S.
According to the information provided by the automaker, the problem may occur when a vehicle driver puts the shift lever into ‘’park’’ while the engine is running. However, the vehicle may fail to be in ‘’park.’’ As a consequence, the vehicle may roll away when a driver leaves the vehicle.
Regarding the Fiat Chrysler recall, it’s essential to mention that the vehicle’s transmission will not remain in ‘’park’’, even if the driver moves the shift lever to the ‘’park’’ position.
In fact, a Dodge Challenger of the model year 2017 contains a transmission control module software, which initially was aimed at improving the quality of the vehicle’s shift. Actually, it introduced clutch pressure vent rates which are longer. The downside of this software is that it may result in a P1DDD fault. What is a P1DDD fault? Well, this defect leads to the vehicle’s shifting into the 6th gear limp mode. That’s to say, the vehicle doesn’t reach ‘’park.’’
In addition to that, the car maker states they have no information concerning any car crashes or injuries which occurred because of the vehicles affected by the Fiat Chrysler recall.
Thus, from a technical point of view, the affected owners face this problem, when the process of venting the clutch pressure takes more than 1.25 seconds.
Furthermore, the affected vehicles may shift into park and this may happen when the vehicle’s engine is running. So, the vehicle driver may think the vehicle is in park, as both the shifter and the instrumentation may say so. However, he/she may be mistaken, as the vehicle may fail to shift in park.
The reason is that 2017 Dodge Challengers consist of the software, which makes the vehicle appear in ‘’park’’ in an automatic manner when the ignition is off. When it occurs, the vehicle can roll away.
It was in January 2017, when Chrysler received the information concerning P1DDD diagnostic code. After this, the engineers researched this problem to find a solution. The outcome was that the car maker updated the software in May. However, the automaker went on exploring the reports to look for other problems.
It’s interesting to refer to another Fiat Chrysler recall, issued last year. It affected over 1 million vehicles and led to 68 injuries and 266 car crashes.
Do you own one of the vehicles affected by the Fiat Chrysler recall?
Are you the owner of a vehicle affected by the Fiat Chrysler recall? Then, you should know that the recall will start on August 21, 2017. Additionally, Chrysler refers to over 140 warranty claims, found in June 2017. The automaker is going to update the affected vehicles’ transmission control module software. Moreover, the car maker advises the affected vehicle owner to engage the parking brakes prior to exiting their vehicles. Do you still have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the automaker at 800-853-1403.