More dual-clutch transmission (DCT) problems abound. This time, it’s the newly formed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (following Fiat’s recent takeover of Chrysler) turn to issue a recall for such a gearbox, affecting around 19,500 units of the 2014 Fiat 500L in the USA and Canada.

The voluntary service bulletin is announced after the company received reports that some vehicles equipped with its own Fiat-made dry-clutch DCT “would not shift readily out of park and/or their transmissions did not receive, or were slow to receive, an intended gear selection.”

A microcontroller component, which may be compromised by certain temperature extremes, has been found to be the source of potential issues, and needs a software update. On top of that, an estimated 200 vehicles may require shift-module replacement to ensure hardware-software compatibility.


With this latest revelation, it looks like the trick automatic transmission replacement-to-be, particularly dry-clutch variants of the new-ish technology, remains tricky to master for most mass-market carmakers. Just last month, Honda recalled over 80,000 cars fitted with its brand new DCT.

Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Group issued a massive global recall late last year over issues with its DQ200 dry-clutch seven-speed DSG gearbox, afflicting 1.6 million vehicles worldwide. The big one came after numerous market-specific DSG recalls in China, Singapore and Malaysia throughout 2013.