FCA recalls Dodge Dart to fix TCM failures
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued a recall for the 2013-2015 Dodge Dart, citing failures of the transmission control module (TCM).
The company first became aware of a potential issue in March 2014 after receiving at least a dozen warranty claims reporting TCM problems. A subsequent investigation, completed more than a year ago, concluded that solder joints on an internal circuit board had broken due to excessive pressure from a mounting bracket.
The defect can cause the Dart‘s double-clutch transmission to inadvertently shift into neutral, increasing the risk of a crash in certain scenarios.
After implementing a production revision in October 2014 as an interim fix, the company continued to receive dozens of additional warranty claims without issuing a recall, though FCA’s recall chronology suggests the company was still investigating the failure mode and working out a permanent solution from January to July 2015. A new bracket design was introduced for the 2016 model year, serving as a permanent fix.
The recall campaign affects more than 23,000 units sold in the US market. Other models that use the same TCM, such as the Fiat 500L, already used a different bracket design that is said to be not prone to the same failure