Dodge, Jeeps Recalls Address Sticking Pedals

Jun 14, 2010

First Toyota, then Ford… now certain Dodge and Jeep vehicles are being recalled for having accelerator pedals that could become stuck in the down position and cause vehicles to accelerate out of control.

Chrysler LLC is recalling more than 25,000 Dodge and Jeep vehicles in the U.S. to fix sticking gas pedals manufactured by CTS — the same supplier involved in the recall of 2.3 million Toyota vehicles for the same problem, the Detroit Free Press reported. 

Because the 25,263 MY 2007 Dodge Calibers and 71 Jeep Compass models came equipped with brake-override software, Chrysler said it does not consider the problem a safety risk. Nonetheless, the automaker has decided to conduct a voluntary recall to remedy the issue. 

Chrysler said the problem is a result of a manufacturing defect at CTS that caused the bearing housing to be made too large. This was a problem CTS corrected in March 2006. According to Chrysler, an estimated 30 percent of the vehicles covered by the recall would actually have the defect. 

In addition to the U.S. vehicles, Chrysler’s recall also covers 5,572 cars in Canada, 2,260 in Mexico and 1,536 elsewhere.

[via Automotive Fleet]