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Electric vehicle startup Think is issuing its third recall for the battery-powered City in less than a month. This time around, concerns that the vehicle's gearshift selector linkage may be improperly adjusted has forced Think to recall and inspect 23 units. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) recall notice, the City's:
Linkage connecting the gearshift selector lever and the transmission park mechanism may be improperly adjusted, resulting in lack of engagement of the park pawl.
That's not good, and means that the vehicle may slip out of park and roll freely into the path of a moving vehicle or strike a nearby pedestrian. Think dealers will inspect the affected units and, if necessary, make adjustments or repairs to the linkage of models free of charge. City owners are urged to directly contact Think at 855-698-4465 for more info on this recall.




[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
THINK / THINK CITY 2011

Manufacturer: THINK NORTH AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report
Date: FEB 15, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V104000
Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:LEVER AND LINKAGE:FLOOR SHIFT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 23

Summary:
THINK NORTH AMERICA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 THINK CITY VEHICLES. THE LINKAGE CONNECTING THE GEAR SHIFT SELECTOR LEVER AND THE TRANSMISSION PARK MECHANISM MAY BE IMPROPERLY ADJUSTED, RESULTING IN LACK OF ENGAGEMENT OF THE PARK PAWL OF THE TRANSMISSION. THIS COULD RESULT IN THE VEHICLE FAILING TO HOLD WHEN THE GEAR SHIFT SELECTOR LEVER IS PLACED IN THE PARK POSITION.

Consequence:
THE VEHICLE COULD FAIL TO HOLD IN PARK POSITION AND COULD ROLL FREELY INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH OR INJURY TO A PERSON IN THE PATH OF THE MOVING VEHICLE.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND MAKE THE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS AND REPAIRS TO THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THINK'S AUTHORIZED TOLL FREE SERVICE LINE AT 855-698-4465.

Notes:
THINK'S SAFETY RECALL NO. 11-104. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 4 Years Ago
      3 recalls in a month! Ouch. Well, This is the first time they've sold the cars in the USA.

      And there are only 23 of them, so it is not big deal.

      But they better get those things honed before they hit the real market.


      Oh, and as always . . . MAKE THE CONVERTIBLE OPEN MODEL!!! :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not much point in advertising that one since all the cars are in the hands of a couple of government fleets.

      The joys of starting up a new assembly plant...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Starting with only a handful of government fleets might have been a good strategy after all. This allows them to fine-tune production quality before they start selling to the general public.

      It's surprising that this car is not more solid, given that they've been making them for a long time in Europe using the same parts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Recalls seem common place these days - which is a bit of worry.

      Just look at how many recalls Toyota has had over the last year or so and it builds millions of quality low cost vehicles.

      Makes me wonder how well some automakers really do test for these things before releasing the model for production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's pretty bad. A recall this early means they didn't design this well to begin with.

      What other fun stuff lies in this car? :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Improperly adjusted" points to an assembly issue, not a design issue. Since they are basically building these first cars by hand with an all new crew a problem or two might be expected. In the past something like this might have been quietly handled through service, but in the light of the Toyota fiasco they appear to be taking the safer route and issuing a formal recall.

        My guess would be that they have already fixed all the cars involved.

        Recalls are a way of life these days. Most recalls won't get much press, but they happen almost daily. I would be more concerned if Think were not issuing any recalls.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hear they are planning to re-launch under the "Think Again" name..