FCA is recalling over 82,000 vehicles for unexpected shift to neutral

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling nearly 83,000 Jeep Cherokee vehicles equipped with V-6 engines for a transmission clutch defect that may shift vehicles to neutral.

FCA spokesman Eric Mayne told Automotive News on Monday that the recall concerns 2014 model-year Jeep Cherokee SUVs.

Mayne said customer feedback prompted an FCA investigation that discovered a component designed to affect gear changes may not adequately manage fluid flow. If this occurs, he said, the transmission may unexpectedly shift to neutral, increasing the risk of a crash.

Additionally, the recall affects approximately 10,485 vehicles in Canada, 287 in Mexico, and 6,758 outside North America.