The automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it did not believe there is a safety issue because the vehicles had “Smart Brake” technology, which signals the engine to reduce power, allowing the vehicle to be stopped, if there is a disagreement between the brake and the gas pedal.
Chrysler said the problem involved “pivot bushings in vehicles with oversize accelerator pedal bearing pockets.” The problem occurs if the bushing becomes dislodged.
N.H.T.S.A. began investigating the problem in April after receiving five complaints from owners who said the gas pedal stuck. One of those owners told the agency that the Smart Brake didn’t help.
“While driving 55 miles per hour, the accelerator pedal snapped and went underneath the brake pedal when it was depressed. As a result, the brake pedal could not be depressed. The vehicle was pulled off the road and the emergency brake was applied in order to stop the vehicle,” the owner wrote to the agency.
But another complaint said the brake was able to slow the vehicle.
The pedals are made by the CTS Corporation. The Elkhart, Ind., company also produced the pedals used on about 2.3 million Toyotas recalled this year because of unintended acceleration problems. CTS has said the unintended acceleration problem on the Toyotas was not its fault.