FCA and Mazda have announced recalls, separate from each other, due to some transmission and steering issues.
The recalls will begin in late March and April 2019 and cover such models as the Mazda MX-5 (pictured above), Fiat 124 Spider and the Chrysler Pacifica owned by customers in North America, Mexico and some countries outside NAFTA.
The first recall is due to incorrect programming of the Transmission Control Module in 14,370 Mazdas and 8,933 Fiats of the 2017-2019 model years.
Fortunately, no accidents or injured by this reason have been revealed yet, but such gearbox malfunction can cause unexpected downshift and abrupt deceleration.
The dealers and car owners will be informed in coming weeks. The recall for the Fiat 124 Spider starts in March 27, for the MX-5 – 2 days after. All correction works will be done free of charge.
The second recall begins in April and concerns the Chrysler Pacifica minivans produced from November 1, 2017 to March 1, 2018.
The affected vehicles with possible steering problems are 47,771 ones in the U.S., 2,239 in Canada, 226 in Mexico and 551 in other countries. The cars are to be inspected in maintenance centers, and certain steering components will need replacement.