Over 10,000 Fiat 500 cars recalled in Canada

Published: December 2, 2019

Updated: December 4, 2019

Author: Luke Jones

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The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Group has announced the recall of Fiat 500 vehicles. Globally, 72,761 units of the popular city car will be recalled. According to the company, the cause of the recall is a fault with the cars’ shift cable bushings.

Fiat provided a breakdown of where vehicles will be recalled from:

  • 51,788 in the United States
  • 10,627 in Canada
  • 3,520 in Mexico
  • 6,826 outside of North America

Auto123 reports the Fiat 500 models affected at from release years 2012 and 2013.

FCA says the shift cable bushings can wear and degrade over time if exposed to heat and humidity. Under those conditions, the cable could separate form the transmission. In an additional note, Transport Canada points out such a detachment could cause sudden vehicle movements:

“[it]Could cause the transmission not to shift gears when the shifter is moved. If a driver attempts to exit the car while it is not in the ‘Park’ position, and the parking brake is not applied, the car could move suddenly.”

Fiat Chrysler confirmed there have been three reported minor accidents that could be caused by the problem. The company says it has no reports of injuries caused by the defect.

Fiat 500 owners impacted by the recall should bring their cars to a service centre, where the bushing will be repaired.