Chrysler announced they are recalling approximately 25,000 2007 Dodge Caliber and a limited number of Jeep Compass cars in the U.S. due to a problem that can cause the gas pedal to stick.
The recall, announced Friday, of the 2007 model-year vehicles follows a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration probe into problems that surfaced in late April after federal safety officials received five complaints of binding or sticky gas pedals. Some drivers complained that when they released the gas pedal it did not return to the idle position. Four of the complaints said the drivers found parts from the pedal assembly loose on the driver's side floor.
The pedals were made by CTS Corp., the Elkhart, Ind., company that manufactured pedals involved in the recall of more than 2 million Toyotas earlier this year. Chrysler told NHTSA the pedals were "a completely different design" and made "with different tooling" than the pedals involved in Toyota's recall.
"Clearly, Chrysler and CTS have taken a look at what happened at Toyota and said they don't want that happening to them," said Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety.
Chrysler equips their vehicles with "smart brakes" which are programmed to automatically cut engine power in the event the brake pedal is pressed (even if gas pedal is pressed) which gives the driver better control if the gas pedal became stuck.
At this time no accidents, injuries or damage have occurred due to the sticky pedals.
Only pedals installed in cars manufactured between March 7 and May 19, 2006, are affected. The safety recall is expected to begin this month (June). Dealers will inspect the recalled vehicles and replace affected pedals with a new pedal unit at no charge.
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