Fiat Recalls 2014 500L Models for Faulty Transmission Software

By Jacob Brown | March 10, 2014
Having just gone on sale last year, the 2014 Fiat 500L is now experiencing issues with its dry dual-clutch automatic transmission to the point where Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 19,500 of these cars in North America to upgrade the software. Under the recall, Fiat says the 2014 Fiat 500L's transmission had a tendency to remain in "Park" and some were slow to go into the properly selected gear. This is being blamed on new software calibrations. Fiat says that the micro controllers in the transmission have a tendency to malfunction when they get too hot. The company will update the software used in them free of charge for drivers.
Affected by the Fiat 500L recall are 19,500 vehicles in North America, including 1,400 cars in Canada. Approximately 20 percent of the vehicles are still on dealer lots. And 2014 Fiat 500L models with the standard six-speed manual transmission are obviously not affected. Fiat says 200 vehicles may require shifter module replacements. For more information on the Fiat 500L recall, customers may contact customer service at (800) 853-1403 or schedule appointments immediately with their Fiat dealerships. Source: Fiat Chrysler