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Monday, December 16, 2019

Fiat 500 Shift Cable Recall Announced

Fiat 500

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling an estimated 51,788 Fiat 500 models to have a shift cable bushing replaced. The models affected are just 2012-2013 Fiat 500 hatch and Cabrio models equipped with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

Fiat 500 Safety Recall VB4 -Advanced Communication

Fiat 500 Automatic Shifter

Some of the Fiat 500s mentioned above may have a shifter cable bushing located on the transmission end of the shifter cable that could deteriorate and then become detached from the transmission. This could result in the inability of the driver to shift the transmission, even though the driver may move the shifter.

Fiat 500 Instrument Display

It should be noted that if this happens, the actual transmission gear position will still be displayed on the instrument cluster and on the display next to the shifter. However, if these warnings are not minded, the car could move in an unintended way, and an accident could occur.

The Fix
Fiat will replace the shift cable adjuster, which contains a more robust bushing, in all of the affected vehicles.

Arrow 2 points to the Fiat 500 Automatic Transmission Cable Adjuster

Besides the 51,788 Fiat 500s affected in the United States, the company reports additional vehicles will be subject to recall in Canada (est. 10,627), Mexico (est. 3,520), and specific markets outside North America (est. 6,826).

This is all preliminary news, and the recall is estimated to launch in the 1st Quarter of 2020. Service and repair will be provided free of charge, and affected owners will be notified accordingly in the near future.

While owners await for notification, it is advised that the Fiat 500 Owner's Manual recommendation of applying the Hand Brake when parking is followed.

Fiat owners with questions or concerns may call the FCA Recall Assistance Center at 1-800-853-1403.

Source: FCA US LLC

1 comment:

Unknown said...

My 2012 500 Pop 5 speed cable separated at the trans about 2 years ago. It was the cable the left -right cable. Got stuck in 3rd and 4th gears.