US automaker Chrysler has recalled about 35 000 Dodge Caliber-based vehicles worldwide over problems with sticking accelerators, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced.
motoring.co.za previously reported on the problem early in May, 2010 when Chrysler SA pointed out that SA was unlikely to be affected as right-hand drive models had a different configuration.
The recall involves 25 000 Dodge Calibers made in 2007 and sold in the US; the rest are all-wheel drive Jeep Compass vehicles built in the same year and sold in other countries.
The accelerators were made by CTS, a US company that also built pedals implicated in Toyota's acceleration-related recall earlier in 2010, but Chrysler told the NHTSA its pedal design was different and made with different equipment.
The NHTSA opened a probe into the Chrysler pedals on April 29, 2010, based on five complaints, the agency said.
Chrysler believes that the problems do not represent a high risk for thuman safety but said it decided to issue a recall for caution's sake.
The company said it did not know of any accidents caused by the problem. It would inspect the recalled vehicles and replace pedals if necessary.
The NHTSA is also investigating possible problems with floor mats that could trap the accelerator pedal in the down position in two models of Ford cars.
Toyota recalled about 10-million vehicles worldwide, mainly for problems attributed to involuntary acceleration due to pedals being jammed in the down position.