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.
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.