• Jun 4th 2010 at 3:44PM
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After one month of investigation, Chrysler has decided to initiate a voluntary recall of 34,631 Dodge Caliber and 90 Jeep Compass vehicles from the 2007 model year in order to address a potential issue with sticking gas pedals. While the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has been investigating the problem for over a month, Chrysler reports that no accidents, injuries or property damage linked to vehicles equipped with these pedal assemblies have been reported.

The pedal assemblies are supplied by CTS and are similar to those that triggered a recall of 2.3 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles earlier this year. The actual issue does not appear to be the same problem that afflicted the Toyota vehicles, although the end result of unintended acceleration can be similar. The Detroit Free Press reports that the issue is caused by a bearing housing that was made too large.

CTS experienced a manufacturing issue for five weeks during March through May of 2006 that affected some of the first Calibers and Compasses built. According to Chrysler, only about one-third of the recalled cars are expected to actually have an issue with their pedal assemblies. Since announcing there was an investigation in early May, Chrysler has allowed customers to bring their cars in for a free inspection. If a pedal assembly is found to be defective, Chrysler will replace the entire pedal assembly for any of the recalled vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

[Source: Detroit Free Press, Chrysler]
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2007 Dodge Caliber and Jeep® Compass potential sticking accelerator pedal

Chrysler Group LLC statement in response to inquiry
On June 1, 2010 Chrysler Group LLC reported to NHTSA its intention to conduct a voluntary safety recall involving the 2007 Dodge Caliber and 2007 Jeep® Compass for a potential condition with accelerator pedals. Under certain conditions the pedal may not immediately return to its idle position. Some vehicles have been built with accelerator pedal pivot bushings that may dislodge causing the pedal to slowly return under limited operating conditions. The company's investigation finds this is limited to a small group of vehicles built from March 7 to May 19, 2006. The potential issue is mechanical in nature and not related to OEM design or electronics. Additionally, the Dodge Caliber and Jeep Compass are equipped with a brake override system. If a disagreement occurs between the throttle and the brake, the engine controller will reduce power, allowing the operator to stop the car. Chrysler Group has been using brake override technology in its vehicles since 2003. The company is not aware of any accidents, injuries or property damage related to this issue. Chrysler Group LLC will conduct a voluntary safety recall on all potentially affected vehicles to inspect and replace affected pedals with a new pedal unit which meets appropriate specifications. The improvement will be completed at no cost to the customer.

Affected Vehicles
The recall involves approximately 34,614 2007 Dodge Caliber vehicles and 90 Jeep Compass vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission (25,336 United States; 5,572 Canada; 2,260 Mexico; and 1,536 international markets) built between March 7 and May 19, 2006.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      ---IGNORE THIS---

      im srry, i had autoblog opened in two different tabs, and left a comment in the wrong tab... :/
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about CTS recall all their pedals then.

      Or just continue to take it in the balls and not stand by your product. Talk about Honor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      spellcheck? accelator?
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys must be in blind denial or like Erik said "Just keep that aluminum foil wrapped tightly to your skull ..."!

      All the other manufacturers (even non-auto) learned from Toyota's stupid mistakes. Of course they will not repeat 'yota's mistakes and "voluntarily" recall defective products.

      Didn't Ford go through the same denial process in the past before finally taking care of the problem? Child please! Watch an idiot argue that it was bridgestone's fault and that only killed fewer people compared to Toyota!

      I'm not a Toyota fan-boy, I drive and love my Utimate Driving Machine (M5) and as an 4th generation American, I am and will be happy to see American companies rule but I just can't stand the blatant denial on this board...be level headed for once!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, a sticking accelerator pedal problem on top of the fact that the Compass and Caliber are two of the worst vehicles in America.

      I guess Patriot must be far more different from the other two GA platform Chryslers than I thought. Why does the Patriot not get included in this recall?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's an accelator pedal?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see we neglected to mention Chyrsler's brake override feature, again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea, I was about to add that part as well. One of the very very few positives of the Daimler days was that every vehicle (with the exception of the PT I believe) has an override system.
      • 5 Years Ago
      please correct me if misunderstood but they expect a third of these cars to have problems?!? im not a toyota fanboy by any means but toyota only had what a fraction of a percent of their vehicles that were actually suffering from the problem? unless im misunderstanding something here of course.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chrysler is saying that you would only have eventually seen the problem is maybe 1/3rd of the pedals, but you're wrong in saying that all the recalled Toyota pedals would have experienced the sticking issue-it's the same thing where only some of the pedals would have been likely to eventually stick.
        Either way someone needs to go look at what CTS is doing because it's pretty clear that it's not just any particular manufacturer's design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sits down, leans back to see if the NHTSA, NASA and the U.S. Congress begin inquiries, investigations and hearings... I will probably need a lot of popcorn because it probably won't happen.

      This will be the moment when the American public will realize that the Toyota recall was a political witch hunt.

      When you can't praise your own (Government Motors) you simply tarnish the image of the other. That's what happened with Toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        News flash, the so called "witch hunt" was due to the denials from Toyota that nothing was wrong...to later admitting they had a problem after the press brought overwhelming evidence to light...Toyota did it to themselves ...
        • 5 Years Ago
        35,000 cars is very different than 2,300,000 cars and so a far less dramatic response is needed. 35K cars is quite a small recall in the grand scheme of things. Plus Chrysler are addressing the problem quickly, Toyota sat on it for years....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just keep that aluminum foil wrapped tightly to your skull and they will never be able to steal your thoughts!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Huh? They addressed it after the NHTSA launched an investigation. If you really think that was the first Chrysler ever heard of it you're incredibly naive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not to mention that a) this is a manufacturing defect, not a design flaw and b) Chrysler had an override system in all their vehicles (sans PT Cruiser I think) so unintended acceleration would not occur.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny this came out today, my 2008 Dodge Charger R/T is at the dealer at the moment. I was heading home from work last week and felt the gas pedal stick but released when I pressed the break. I brushed it off but this morning while getting on the interstate to head to work the gas pedal stuck and wouldn't come back up. I put it in neutral and guided it to the side of the road and had it towed to the dealer. I'm guessing they'll be recalling more than just the mini-van and Jeeps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Compass should be recalled for not being a real Jeep.
      • 5 Years Ago

      I can't believe they sold that many Compasses!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It boggles my mind that 34,000 Calibers were actually sold.
        • 5 Years Ago
        hahaha no kidding.
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