Chrysler is recalling an estimated 9,655 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size vans to install a new pedal stop to repair a potential accelerator issue.
“The new pedal stop resolves a condition that may allow an accelerator pedal to stick in the wide-open position if force is applied at an angle,” Chrysler Group said in a statement Friday.
The company also said it is unaware of any associated injuries, accidents or customer complaints. Approximately half of the affected vehicles are in dealer hands.
This issue was discovered during testing at a Chrysler Group facility, where a driver applied downward force at an angle. Chrysler Group engineers investigated and determined a 3.0-inch stop – which went into production four days after the incident – did not bind, even when force was applied to the accelerator pedal at an angle.
This change had been previously scheduled, stemming from Chrysler Group’s practice of continually auditing product design and performance from the perspective of its customers, the company noted. The new stop represents a more robust design and improves pedal feel at wide-open throttle.
Chrysler Group shared its discovery with Fiat Group Automobiles because of the ProMaster’s similarity to the Fiat Ducato. Fiat Group related no incidents of pedal-sticking, owing to the distinctive design characteristics of the current Ducato, which launched in 2006 and is sold in more than 80 countries.
Chrysler Group will notify affected customers. All repair costs will be borne by the Company.
Customers who remain concerned may call 1-800-853-1403.