Dodge Calibers in U.S. gas pedal probe

2007_dodge_caliber.top.jpg by Peter Valdes-Dapena, senior writer


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating sticking gas pedals on about 10,000 Dodge Caliber compact cars.

In a small number of cases, parts of the gas pedal assembly have apparently fallen off, causing the pedals to come out of alignment and become stuck. The pedals involved in the cases are made by CTS Corp. the same supplier that made gas pedals involved in a massive Toyota recall for sticking gas pedals.

However, the actual cause of sticking in the Toyota and Dodge cases appear to be unrelated.

The investigation has narrowed the problem down to 2007 model year cars manufactured during a five week period in March and April of 2006, according to a statement Monday by Chrysler Group, which manufactures the Dodge Caliber.

No accidents or injuries have been reported in connection with the problem, Chrysler said.

The Dodge Caliber, like all Chrysler Group vehicles, has a system called "brake override" in which pressing the brake pedal automatically cuts engine power, making the vehicle easier to control even if the gas pedal becomes stuck.

The investigation is based on five complaints to NHTSA. In four of the cases, a mechanical part of the gas pedal was found on the floor of the vehicle.

Chrysler Group is offering free pedal inspections to owners of 2007 Dodge Calibers whose vehicles were manufactured during the period in question.

Other cars that share engineering and assembly lines with the Caliber - the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot - are not involved in the investigation because they did not share the same gas pedal design during the 2007 model year, a Chrysler spokesman said.

A spokesman for CTS did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter. To top of page

Frontline troops push for solar energy
The U.S. Marines are testing renewable energy technologies like solar to reduce costs and casualties associated with fossil fuels. Play
25 Best Places to find rich singles
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags? Hunt down the perfect mate in these wealthy cities, which are brimming with unattached professionals. More
Fun festivals: Twins to mustard to pirates!
You'll see double in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Ketchup lovers should beware in Middleton, WI. Here's some of the best and strangest town festivals. Play
Find Your Next Car
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 16,399.67 19.26 0.12%
Nasdaq 4,316.07 57.63 1.35%
S&P 500 1,904.01 17.25 0.91%
Treasuries 2.18 -0.02 -0.82%
Data as of 11:42pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Apple Inc 99.76 2.09 2.14%
Bank of America Corp... 16.26 0.05 0.31%
Pfizer Inc 27.93 0.10 0.36%
Facebook Inc 76.95 1.00 1.32%
Microsoft Corp 44.08 0.45 1.03%
Data as of 4:04pm ET

Sections

Better-than-expected iPhone sales and record Mac sales lifted Apple in its fiscal fourth quarter. More

China's economy has clocked its worst quarter in more than five years, raising concerns over Beijing's ability to meet its own annual growth target. More

In three years, all Chicago high school students will have to take a coding course in order to graduate. More

Host a furniture market. Here's how small town High Point, N.C. rakes in this much money -- twice a year. More

Detroit has 80,000 dilapidated properties and 100,000 empty lots. It's trying to get more people like Antjuan Wyatt to buy them. More

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.