Dodge recalls 67k Dodge Rams, Dakota Models because clutch problem
Chrysler is recalling almost 67,000 pickup trucks because of clutch problem that could allow the vehicle to be started without the clutch being depressed. According to Chrysler, one death was connected with this problem.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA had opened an investigation into the trucks after receiving a report that one child started a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck without using the clutch. Then, the truck moved forward and killed another child, according to the safety agency.
The company claimed that a wire in the clutch ignition interlock switch could break in those trucks with manual transmission. That could keep the vehicle from starting, or if the drivers don’t stick the recommended starting procedures, the vehicle could move in the time when the ignition key is turned.
Those vehicles that have manual transmission are required to have interlock mechanisms in order to stop the engine from being started unless the clutch is depressed.