Manual Transmissions Recalled Due to Shifting Malfunction

Manual Transmissions Recalled Due to Shifting Malfunction
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October 9, 2015

Transmission defects are prompting a recall from one automotive parts manufacturer.

The Eaton Corporation is recalling certain Fuller FR-Series 10-speed manual transmissions. In the affected models, when the transmission shift lever is moved from reverse to neutral, the reverse gear may stay engaged. When the transmission shift lever is moved from reverse to a forward gear position, the transmission may mechanically lock because both the reverse gear and forward gear are simultaneously engaged. Even though the transmission has been shifted out of reverse into neutral, the vehicle may unexpectedly move backwards, increasing the risk of a crash.

Eaton is recalling 75 transmissions in relation to this defect. The affected models are the FR-14210B, FRF-15210B, FRF-9210B, FRM-15210B, FRO-11210B, FRO-13210B, FRO-14210C, FRO-15210C, FRO-16210B, FRO-16210C, FROF-11210C, FROF-12210C, FROF-13210C, FROF-14210C, FROF-15210C, and FROF-16210C.

Eaton will notify the vehicle manufacturers that purchased the transmissions. Those vehicle manufacturers will notify owners and remedy the recall issue, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners with questions can contact Eaton customer service at (800) 826-4357.