Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling more than 35,000 vehicles to fix a wiring connection that could lead to a transmission malfunction.
In some Chrysler 200, Jeep Cherokee and Renegade and Ram Promaster City models, the nine-speed automatic transmission's wiring harness may have improper crimps that could cause a poor electrical connection. If that happens, the transmission may unexpectedly shift into neutral.
FCA hasn't come up with a fix yet, but we expect it will be relatively straightforward and involve inspecting the wiring harnesses in the affected vehicles and replacing them where necessary.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has spent a lot of time dealing with transmission-related problems in recent months. In June 2016, the company recalled vehicles equipped with its six-speed automatic to fix faulty hydraulic transmission pumps, and an April recall followed incidents of vehicle rollaways blamed on an electronic shifter.
Chrysler is also one of a handful of automakers that has devoted a lot of engineering effort to address shift quality issues in the nine-speed automatic, which is built by a German company called ZF and also used by Honda and Land Rover.