NHTSA opened an investigation last month to review a potential “sticky accelerator pedal problem” in Chrysler Group LLC’s 2007 model-year Dodge Caliber cars. According to the agency, five consumers reported that the accelerator pedal became stuck and would not return to the idle position when released. CTS Corp., a supplier, made the pedals involved in the Chrysler investigation. Interestingly, this company is also the supplier of pedals involved in Toyota Motor Corp’s January recall of more than 2 million vehicles.
According to Chrysler, its own review found that consumer complaints were limited to about 10,000 Calibers built during a five-week window in March and April 2006. The probe by NHTSA covers some 161,000 Dodge Calibers built for the 2007 model year. Chrysler and NHTSA said they were not aware of any accidents, injuries or property damage related to the issue. Chrysler said in a prepared statement:
It appears to be a supplier manufacturing concern, which is mechanical in nature and not a design or electronic issue.
The automaker also said the vehicle is equipped with a brake override system, which allows the engine controller to reduce power and stop the car when both the brake and the accelerator are depressed. This matter will be watched closely by lawyers in our Product Liability Section.
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