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Oops . . . Chrysler issues recall on 2,700,000 vehicles

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January 13, 2004: 5:27 PM EST


DETROIT (Reuters) - DaimlerChrylser's Chrysler division said on Tuesday it was recalling 2.7 million cars to fix a potential problem with their floor-mounted gear shifts.

Vehicles affected by the recall include the 1995-1999 Chrysler Cirrus, Dodge Stratus, Plymouth Breeze, 1996-1999 Sebring convertibles and 1993-1999 Chrysler 300M, Chrysler Concorde, Chrysler LHS, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision cars, the automaker said.

Chrysler said if the floor shifter was pulled with "excessive force" and the key was out of the ignition, the interlock that keeps drivers from removing the key without putting the transmission in park could fail.

"As a precautionary measure, the company will install stronger components to better withstand abusive force," the statement said.

It did not elaborate, but federal safety officials had upgraded an investigation into the gear shift problem, which could allow the vehicles to roll out of parking positions inadvertently, last July.

Separately, Chrysler said it was also recalling about 5,000 2004 model Dodge Durango sport utility vehicles to replace a throttle cable.

The vehicles affected are equipped with 3.7 and 4.7 liter engines and the faulty cables could potentially collect water and freeze under extended cold temperatures, Chrysler said.

It was the second recall affecting the all-new Durango, an important profit engine for Chrysler, since it went on sale on Nov. 15.


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I guess Daimler had to one-up GM :p

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