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Chrysler recalls about 15,000 Dodge Darts to fix engine stalling problem

June 10, 2013

DETROIT — Chrysler is recalling about 15,000 new Dodge Dart compact cars worldwide because the engines can stall in cold weather.

The recall affects 2013 model year cars with 1.4-liter four-cylinder engines and dual-clutch automatic transmissions.


The company found the problem itself while testing a Dart that had been parked for eight hours in a room at 20 degrees Fahrenheit. After being pulled out of the room, the car stalled moments after it was started, according to a statement from Chrysler, which owns the Dodge brand.

After the incident, the company checked with dealers and found that some customers had a similar experience with the car. Further investigation traced the problem to the computer that controls the engine and transmission.

Canadian safety regulators say the problem could cause a loss of power, increasing the risk of crash, injury or property damage. But Chrysler says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries tied to the problem.

Dealers will recalibrate the computer at no cost to customers.

Most of the affected Darts, about 12,900, are in the United States, with about 1,900 in Canada. Five are in Mexico and the rest are outside of North America, Chrysler says.

The Dart, the first car totally made with Chrysler Group LLC collaborating with its Italian owner, Fiat SpA, is important to the company’s future because it plans to team up on more vehicles, engines and transmissions. Chrysler sold more than 31,000 Darts through April, but not all have the problem engine and transmission combination.
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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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