2016-18 Abarth 124 Spider recalled

313 convertibles with auto transmissions could inadvertently engage first while driving due to faulty software.
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled the 2016-2018 model-year Abarth 124 Spider over concerns automatic models could suddenly shift into first gear while the vehicle is in motion.

The manufacturer says incorrect software in the transmission control module could make the car engage first gear when in moving in 'D'.

If the condition occurs, this poses a safety risk to the vehicle's occupants and other road users.

A total of 313 cars are affected by this recall, sold from 1 October 2016 through 9 May 2019 – you can access the VIN list here.

FCA Australia will contact affected owners and advise them to present their vehicle to their preferred dealer to have the module's software updated, free of charge.

It's unclear whether the related Mazda MX-5 is also affected by this recall at this stage.

For more information, call 1800 870 720.