Chrysler is issuing a recall on fewer than 5,700 cars and trucks due to possible problems with the output shafts in their eight-speed automatic transmissions. The output shafts installed in some of these vehicles were created using a two-stage forging method, later abandoned, and may fracture “in rare circumstances.” Later-production shafts were built using a single-stage forging method.
Chrysler is unaware of any associated injuries or accidents. The cars affected are Chrysler 300/300C, Dodge Charger, and Ram 1500 pickups with either all wheel drive or four wheel drive, the eight-speed automatic, and a V6 engine. The company will inspect and test the output shafts, and, if needed, replace the transmissions at no charge.
Around 4,200 customers are in the United States, 1,424 in Canada, and 45 in other countries. As always, customers will be notified by the company.