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“Park” recall affects some 2015 200s

by David Zatz on

Chrysler is recalling a fairly small number of 2015 200s because a supplier’s part may have been assembled incorrectly, preventing shifting into Park. No injuries or accidents have been reported, only V6 cars have been affected (22,107 in the United States; 3,600 in Canada; and 213 in Mexico).

2015 Chrysler 200 (allpar photo)

The company will send out notices to customers when they have parts available, and in the meantime, has asked customers to be sure to use their parking brake (which is electric, and tends to engage more fully than a typical customer would engage a manually operated handbrake).  If dealers find a problem, they will replace the entire transmission at no charge.

Chrysler 200 shifterThe shifter may incorrectly report that the car is in Park when in fact the “parking pawl” is not engaged and the car could slip if the brake was not turned on. (This can be set by owners to be done automatically.) Owners may also wish to turn the wheel in when parking on a hill (so that if the car slips, it quickly bumps against the curb instead of going into traffic), and avoid parking on steep inclines, until the recall is finished. The phone number for inquiries is  1-800-853-1403.

This is the third recall for the 200. Eight cars made before June 22, 2014, may have the wrong wiring in the driver’s side door harness (recall P43); and around 16,000 cars may have insufficient welding for the rear shock retainers (P37).  The current recall is not yet listed on the government’s recall site.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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