Deadly Fault Leads to the Recall of 67,000 Pickups by Fiat Chrysler
Fiat Chrysler has announced a recall of about 67,000 pickup trucks after a defect was linked to the death of a child.
WAVY.com reported on the recall of model year 2006 and 2007 pickups due to a “problem that could allow the trucks to be started without the clutch being depressed.” Chrysler said one death is associated with the problem.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it started investigating the trucks in May, 2014, after receiving a report that a child had started a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup without using the clutch. The truck moved forward, striking and killing another child, the safety agency said.
The company said this week that a wire in the clutch ignition interlock switch on the trucks could potentially break. The defect is limited to trucks with manual transmissions. The issue could prevent the truck from starting, or if drivers fail to follow recommended starting procedures, the truck could move when the ignition key is turned, as appears to have been the case in the death.
Vehicles which have manual transmissions are required to have interlock mechanisms that stop the motor from being started unless the clutch is depressed.
The recall applies to Dodge Dakota, Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 and Mitsubishi Raider pickups that were made between July 2005 and June 2006. Nearly 55,000 of them are in the U.S.
FCA US LLC, formerly the Chrysler Group LLC, says it will replace the switches at no cost to consumers. The company said it only used the faulty wire during the period covered in the recall.
There have been numerous recalls of cars in 2014, including some very serious defects that have led to deaths and injuries. The most high profile recalls applied to GM cars. An ignition switch failure on smaller GM cars has been linked to more than 20 deaths and led to the recall of 2.6 million vehicles.
Another massive recall followed the discovery that some airbags manufactured by Takata could explode. More than 7 million cars which have the air bags were recalled.
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