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Fiat Chrysler recalls 26,000 cars for parking glitch

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said Thursday it is recalling nearly 26,000 new Chrysler 200 cars because of a parking malfunction.

The company said the recall covers 2015 cars with a V-6 engine to resolve manufacturing issues that may prevent the vehicles from shifting into park. The company said owners are advised to activate the vehicle’s parking brake before shutting off its engine, because the shifter may incorrectly indicate park is engaged, until the recall repairs are completed.

“Inconsistent assembly procedures at a supplier’s plant have been linked to five reports involving customers who could not shift their vehicles into park. Without park, a vehicle may be subject to inadvertent movement,” the company said, adding it is unaware of any crashes or injuries.

The recall covers 22,107 in the United States, 3,600 in Canada and 213 in Mexico.

FCA US dealers will inspect the vehicles and, if required, replace transmissions.