The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a notice from Chrysler Group LLC on June 1, 2010 that it will voluntarily recall 2007 Dodge Caliber and 2007 Jeep Compass vehicles built from March 7 to May 19, 2006.
Chrysler found that under certain conditions, the accelerator pedals may not immediately return to its idle position.
The company revealed that some vehicles could have been built with accelerator pedal pivot bushings that may dislodge, resulting to the slow return of the pedal under limited operating conditions.
Chrysler found that this defect is restricted to a small group of vehicles and that this is a mechanical issue and not related to OEM design or electronics.
In addition, the Dodge Caliber and Jeep Compass are equipped with a brake override system. If there is a disagreement between the throttle and the brake, the engine controller will lessen the power, and the operator will then be able to halt the car.
The brake override technology has been in Chrysler's vehicles since 2003. To date, the company has not received reports of accidents, injuries or property damage due to this defect.
Chrysler Group LLC will inspect and replace affected pedals with a new pedal unit that complies with the specifications free of charge.
The recall covers 34,614 2007 Dodge Caliber vehicles and 90 Jeep Compass vehicles that have an automatic transmission. In particular, Chrysler is recalling 25,336 units in the US; 5,572 in Canada; 2,260 in Mexico; and 1,536 scattered in the international markets.