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Recalls for Chrysler 300, Peugeot 308

Gear up: A programming error in the Chrysler 300’s transmission electronics could lead to an inability to change gear.

Transmission trouble grounds 1219 Chrysler 300s, Peugeot recalls 308 over steering

Chrysler logo1 Nov 2012

CHRYSLER is recalling 1219 examples of its latest 300 large sedan in Australia due to a programming error in the transmission’s electronic control module that could leave the driver unable to change gear.

Meanwhile, Peugeot is recalling 111 examples of its 308 small car here, over the potential for an incorrectly tightened steering rack mounting bolt to result in reduced car control.

Chrysler’s recall is part of of a world-wide campaign affecting 10,750 current-generation vehicles, launched in Australia in July, but no incidents have been reported in Australia.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recalls website describes the issue as a programming error that may lead the transmission control module to “not detect the position of the gear shift valve if stuck in the wrong position”.

“If the defect occurs, the driver may not be able to shift gear, posing a potential traffic hazard.”

Fiat-Chrysler Group Australia corporate affairs director Lenore Fletcher told GoAuto the first customer letters have already been sent out.

She said remedial work, carried out free of charge by official Chrysler dealers, comprises a reprogramming of the affected electronic control module that takes about 90 minutes.

Peugeot Australia PR and promotions manager Jaedene Hudson told GoAuto no incidents or accidents relating to the 308 steering recall have been reported in this country.

The ACCC recalls website says the steering rack assemblies of the 111 affected vehicles “may have been incorrectly tightened”.

“If the steering rack bolt has been tightened incorrectly, this may result in reduced steering control, posing a potential traffic hazard to the driver and other road users.”

Ms Hudson told GoAuto the company is in the process of informing customers and dealers.

She said initial inspections should take around an hour but if the steering rack needs to replaced, the work could take up to three hours once the dealer has the necessary parts in stock.

A list of Vehicle Identification Numbers for the Peugeot recall is available on ACCC recall website at www.recalls.gov.au.

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