Chrysler has announced that it will recall some 14,800 Dodge Dart compacts due to a potential stalling issue. The Auburn Hills-based automaker says that select 2013 model year sedans equipped with its 1.4-liter Multiair four-cylinder engine and dual-clutch transmission may need to have their engine control modules remapped.

According to Chrysler, the problem was uncovered during routine cold weather testing. Apparently, engineers parked a Dart inside of a 20-degree climate chamber for eight hours, only to have it stall after startup and driving "a short distance." Dealers have reported similar issues in customer cars, prompting the recall, but Chrysler says it knows of no accidents or injuries that have been reported as a result of the problem.

The action covers around 12,900 vehicles in the US and its territories, as well as 1,900 units in Canada, five in Mexico and 16 examples that have ventured beyond the NAFTA region. No word yet on when customers will be notified to bring their vehicles in for service, but the ECM retuning will be performed at no cost.
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Statement: Recalibration

June 10, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Chrysler Group will recall approximately 14,800 cars to recalibrate their powertrain control modules.

Internal testing discovered a car that stalled moments after startup. The incident occurred when the vehicle was brought to a stop after driving a short distance.

It had been parked for eight hours in a 20F climate chamber.

Further investigation revealed reports of similar incidents recorded by dealers.

Chrysler Group is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.

The recall affects only 2013 Dodge Dart models equipped with a 1.4-liter engine and dual-clutch transmission.

Approximately 12,900 are in the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; 1,900 are in Canada, five are in Mexico and 16 are outside the NAFTA region.

Recalibrations will be performed at no cost to customers, who will be contacted directly.

Customers who have questions or concerns can call 1-800-853-1403.


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      Mike Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a FIAT folks(!) . . . what'd you expect?
      Bryan Warren
      • 1 Year Ago
      Total POS!
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chryseller will fight this recall too
        AngeloD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        @Andrew No, Chrysler is the one initiating this recall, not the NHTSA.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      RECALL-BLOG.com AOL needs a whole new site just for that. Plus a What-Consumer-Reports-Just-Said.com
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wasn't Ford having the same problems, dump the electronics and get back to mechanical.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        Emissions, reliability, and power would suffer GREATLY. Does no one remember the 70's and 80's when V8 were putting down 100WHP and smoking like crazy. Lets not go backwards. Even with these issues, these cars are still WORLDS better than anything from yesteryear. Most manufacturers exist with supplier based parts - meaning subsystems like engine controllers are sourced from a supplier - Bosch, Continental, etc. Supplier problem that can affect multiple manufacturers at the same time. Look at the airbag recalls - all the same supplier. Cars are just a mix and match of different suppliers, there really isnt much difference between them.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      You mean the Dodge Neon...
      brunocupo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bought my dart rallye about 9 months ago and has about 15,000 miles and not one single issue. I have the 1.4T multi air with a 6 speed manual tranny. Best car i have ever owned. Yes, it does have some lag off the line but that only lasts about 2-3 seconds, then once you shift out of first gear the car takes off. From the styling in and out, to the electronics interface to the gas milage, this thing is pretty sweet. The u-connect interface is the best of all the automakers. I checked and test drove many models and nothing came close to the overall packaging and price. The 1.4T Multi Air is a torque monster. This engine won many awards in Europe and even Mercedes is using this technology from Fiat. Probably the best 1.4T engine on the market.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I recenty test drove a Dart. Its...okay. It feels cheap. Steering was too light and artificial and while Multi air and turbo sound cool this thing is slooooooow. I can tell you why people are passing it up. There are too many better cars in its class. I will say you get a lot for the money, but I rather have a base Focus that steers and drives tons better. Bottom line? Its not terrible and definitely better than the Caliber!
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should they not have found this during initial cold weather testing, usually done at -40? Multiple cars spend the whole winter in cold climate and climatic cells. Seems like someone rushed it to production; typical ship it and fix it later.
        1guyin10
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        Not necessarily. Things like that tend to require a certain chain of events before they crop up. I\'m sure they did a lot of cold weather testing during development, but sometimes you have to get lucky to stumble on a very unique problem.
      redgpgtp97
      • 1 Year Ago
      You would think this would've been discovered during the testing phase of these vehicles in cold climates but I guess NOT!
        Michael Free
        • 1 Year Ago
        @redgpgtp97
        If it's a mapping problem it may only appear at a specific temperature. Back when Ford introduced it's AOD transmission it had a "programming issue" like that which would only appear when driven *precisely*, IIRC, at 45mph. A fuel map that has a gap or overlap at exactly 20 degrees outside temp and exactly 160F coolant temp and exactly X barometric pressure and exactly Y other parameter..... that would be hard to test for, I can easily see how it got missed, especially if it only appears under real sensor input and not simulations.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only engine/tranny combo I would consider in this car is the 2.4 with the 6 speed manual The 1.4 turbo works hard for it\'s 160hp and it may be ok in the clown car Fiat 500 but not this model.
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Dart is a good first effort for Chrysler~Fiat, but is still mediocre... sadly.
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