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Friday, May 20, 2016
Fiat 500 Clutch Recall
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US will recall certain 2012-2016 Fiat 500 models to upgrade their clutch release system. An FCA investigation discovered that a small number of cars equipped with manual transmissions have reported clutch pedal travel that exceeded design parameters and overtime had caused component damage capable of restricting gear shifts and propulsion.
The fix involves limiting clutch pedal travel to within design specs. The number of cars affected accounts for .01% of Fiat 500s sold, but to be thorough, the company is voluntarily recalling an estimated 39,217 vehicles in the U.S, 7,834 in Canada and 26,268 outside the NAFTA region.
FCA reports it is unaware of any related injuries or accidents. Cars equipped with turbocharged engines are not part of this recall. This is breaking news, and we'll have more information as it comes in from sources. Owners will be contacted by mail if they are affected. However, owners can communicate with the FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403 if they have questions.
Here is a handy link to check for recalls on your Fiat. Note, you may have to give the system some time to catch up for the most accurate results.
Keep in mind if you call your dealer there may be some delays in getting detailed information as everyone gets up to speed on this recall. Make sure you visit the Fiat 500 Forum to find out the latest news.
Update 5/20 3:00 PM: updated story with more details on the issue and solution.
Source: FCA US LLC
Top image: FCA Brazil
Shifter image: author