Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling about 86,000 Chrysler 200 sedans to fix an electrical problem that could lead to an engine stall or the automatic transmission shifting into neutral.
The recall involves 7,115 cars in Canada, 77,834 in the U.S., 848 in Mexico and 19 outside of North America. The company says the condition involves a damaged connector in the fuse and relay box, as a result of a supplier altering the connector.
The condition starts with an instrument panel engine light warning and could lead to engine stalling out or the transmission shifting into neutral, although it is not a problem with the nine-speed automatic (which has been a source of computer fixes in the 200 as well as the Jeep Cherokee). Nor does it interfere with airbag operation, if they should be needed in a crash situation.
According to Car and Driver, the fix involves replacing the transmission wiring harness in models powered by the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, while those equipped with the 3.6 V6 will get a new connector with a splice to the wiring harness.
The problem with the 2015 Chrysler 200 was identified during post-production quality control, and the company is not aware of any customer incidents.
Owners of affected cars will be notified when the parts for the fix become available, but owners of the car can call (800) 853-1403 with questions or concerns.