Fiat Chrysler (FCA) is recalling about 73,000 Fiat 500s to replace shift cable bushings that could could render the transmission shifter inoperative.
Feedback from dealers alerted FCA to certain transmission shift cable bushings that could degrade over time due to heat and humidity exposure. If that were to happen, the car’s shift cable could separate from its transmission linkage, disrupting shifter functions.
Customers may notice looser shifter feel and movement, but the gear readout in the instrument cluster will always indicate what gear the transmission is in. FCA is aware of three minor incidents related to the issue but is not aware of any resulting injuries.
The company is notifying customers of affected 2012 and 2013 Fiat 500s to return their cars to dealerships, where the shift cable bushings will be replaced with new ones. In the meantime, customers are urged to always set their emergency brake when parking the vehicle, to prevent it from rolling away, if it is unknowingly left in gear.
The recall affects 72,761 cars in total, with 51,788 in the US, 10,627 in Canada, 3,520 in Mexico and 6,826 outside North America.
Customers can call (800) 853-1403 with questions or concerns.