Ram's new, Fiat-derived cargo van, the ProMaster, is set to be recalled over concerns that the accelerator pedals could stick. The issue affects 9,655 ProMasters, with 7,935 vans in the US, 1,437 vehicles in Canada and 283 in Mexico.

There have been no reported injuries or crashes from the issue - according to The Detroit News, there haven't even been any customer complaints. The issue was reportedly discovered while Chrysler was testing the vehicle at its proving ground, which is what prompted the internal investigation. Still, it's unlikely that ProMaster vans will suffer from unintended acceleration issues, as each van is equipped with a brake-throttle override.

As of this writing, there's been no bulletin or activity from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

UPDATE: NHTSA has released its official recall notice – you can check it out by scrolling below.
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Report Receipt Date: FEB 04, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V032000
Component(s): VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7,935
All Products Associated with this Recall expand

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC
SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ram ProMaster vehicles manufactured July 1, 2013, through December 10, 2013. In the affected vehicles, if the accelerator pedal is pushed downward at a certain angle, the pedal may get stuck in the wide open throttle position due to interference with the accelerator pedal stopper.
CONSEQUENCE:
A stuck accelerator pedal can result in uncontrolled acceleration, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will replace the accelerator pedal stopper with a larger one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P02. Note: These vehicles are equipped with a brake override system. In the event a pedal is trapped, pushing on the brake pedal will brake the vehicle and enable the driver to slow and stop and turn off the vehicle.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.



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      Human
      • 10 Months Ago
      On the contrary, a quick recall shows me they care about the vehicles safety and their reputation. Good job.
      AnandRS
      • 10 Months Ago
      Recalls are part of automotive indusyry
      JD Steel
      • 10 Months Ago
      Should have been recalled the day they come up with that design.
      over9000
      • 10 Months Ago
      Toyota must be blamed for starting this trend.
      Narom
      • 10 Months Ago
      Well thats slightly more worrying than toyotas heated seat recall...
        SW
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Narom
        So you're saying that a stuck pedal issue ( even though the article states that the van had a TO function to prevent it ) is more terrifying than your seat catching on fire?
          lostboyz
          • 10 Months Ago
          @SW
          Yes! If the pedal sticks you could stop and pull over, if you seat catches on fire, you're going to be on fire.
          clquake
          • 10 Months Ago
          @SW
          Unintended acceleration is not something most drivers are prepared for. Pulling over usually means slamming into something.
      q1ford
      • 10 Months Ago
      What a fugley looking van...
      Finklestein
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm no expert in automotive manufacturing, but isn't testing done at the proving grounds supposed to happen before production?
      zepeda1
      • 10 Months Ago
      Toyota should take note. Issuing recalls that are discovered by internal testing and not by your customers, is a much better way of doing business.
      Jarda
      • 10 Months Ago
      lol @ "Fiat-derived", it is frikkin Fiat Ducato http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a3/Fiat_Ducato_MTP07.jpg
        felix.storm
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Jarda
        The ones that are sold here are Fiat-derived because Fiat Ducato don't have 3.6L V6 in them. I believe the V6 is American exclusive.
          Robert Ryan
          • 10 Months Ago
          @felix.storm
          Correct use a small diesel elsewhere. 2.3 or 3 litre.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 10 Months Ago
      ewww
      Paul
      • 10 Months Ago
      Low step in and a flat floor. It has a very high payload capacity as well. Businesses should love this thing.
      AnandRS
      • 10 Months Ago
      Industry I meant
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