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Chrysler issues brake override, pedal inspection notes

by David Zatz on

Dodge Caliber SRT4

Chrysler Canada told dealers it expected to issue a service bulletin shortly, educating dealers on how to conduct free accelerator pedal inspections for owners of 2007 Dodge Caliber automatic-transmission models built between 3/1/2006 and 4/30/2006 (MDH 030100 – 043023). Any Dodge Caliber automatic owner, regardless of when it was built, will be able to get an inspection on request, according to the bulletin.

The company noted that Dodge Calibers with manual transmissions have a different pedal assembly, and are therefore unlikely to have problems. They also noted that all automatic-transmission Calibers have a brake override system; if the operator hits both the brake and gas, the computer will cut power to the engine, favoring the brake. Chrysler started using brake overrides in the 2003 model year, and currently every Chrysler Group car, SUV, minivan, and truck with an automatic transmission, other than the PT Cruiser, has the brake override.

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