Fiat Chrysler is recalling the Dodge Dart due to a shifter cable issue that might cause the vehicle to roll away after the driver puts it in park.
The Dodge Dart was a completely unremarkable compact sedan that was made from 2013 to 2016. It sold relatively well, but much like Ford, FCA decided to refocus their efforts on more profitable models like trucks and SUVs. The Dart’s discontinuation was announced in January of 2016, and that was it for the little Dodge.
Now it looks like the few Darts that were sold might try to kill you. Or at the very least, scare the crap out of you.
On Friday, Fiat Chrysler announced they were recalling 320,000 Dodge Darts across North America due to a defective shifter cable that might cause the car to roll away. The cable could detach from the transmission, making it seem to the driver that they’re shifting into park when in reality they’re remaining in whatever gear they were before.
The issue only affects 2013-2016 model year Dodge Darts equipped with automatic transmissions. FCA further explained that "certain cars are equipped with a cable bushing that may degrade after prolonged exposure to high ambient heat and humidity. Should degradation occur, it may prohibit the driver from shifting gears."
Roughly 300,000 Darts are in the United States, with a further 20,000 in Canada and Mexico. No accidents or injuries have been reported as of yet, but better safe than sorry.
As usual, FCA will repair defective shifter cables free of charge. Fiat Chrysler will contact owners to schedule cars for service. In the meantime, FCA recommends that everyone follow the driver’s manual and actually use the parking brake when parking their automobiles.
Shifter cables seem to be a common bugbear for Fiat Chrysler vehicles. In 2017, a recall was issued for 1.5 million Ram pickup trucks with a similar shifter cable issue. A further 228,000 were recalled in 2018.