Fiat Chrysler recalls 300K cars in North America over rollaway risk

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More than 300,000 Dodge Dart compact cars have been recalled by Fiat Chrysler because of a problem with the transmission that can cause the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly.

Around 20,000 of the impacted cars were sold in Canada. According to Transport Canada, a bushing can fail which causes the shifter cable in the vehicle to detach, resulting in the transmission not shifting gears when the shifter is moved. If a driver attempts to exit the car while it is not in park and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle could move suddenly.

The recall covers cars from 2013 through 2016 with six-speed automatic transmissions. Fiat Chrysler said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the defect. The company will be notifying owners of the recall by mail and instructing them to take their car to a dealer to fix the problem.