Fiat is recalling its largest model in North America.
Fiat is recalling about 19,500 units of its five-door 2014 500L over a shifting glitch in the vehicle's six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
According to Chrysler, the problem stems from a microcontroller component in the 500L's dual-clutch transmission than can become compromised during extreme temperatures. If the fault occurs, the 500L can be difficult to shift out of park and also sluggish to shift between gears once underway.
Fiat says a software issue should take care of the problem in most of the 500L covered by the recall. However, about 200 of the 19,500 recalled 500Ls will need a new shift-module to fully sort the issue.
Approximately 18,100 of the recalled 500Ls are in the U.S.; the balance reside north of the boarder in Canada. About 20 percent of the recalled vehicles, or 3,900, are still in dealer inventories.
Fiat is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the recall.
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