Recall Alert: 2014 Fiat 500L

By Jennifer Geiger  on March 12, 2014

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 18,100 model-year 2014 versions of the Fiat 500L.

The Problem: According to the automaker, Chrysler received reports that some vehicles equipped with the automatic transmission were not consistently shifting out of Park and not shifting into other gears in a timely fashion. "The investigation discovered the function of one microcontroller component may be compromised by certain temperature extremes. A software update resolves the issue," the automaker said in a statement. No accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: Dealers will upgrade the vehicle's transmission software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chrysler has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 for more information.

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Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan.  Email Jennifer