NHTSA Investigating Sticky Pedal In 2007 Dodge Caliber

5 complaints is apparently how many it takes to launch an investigation into a sticky gas pedal these days, says the Associated Press.

NHTSA says it has launched an investigation into the issue but it is unaware of any crashes, injuries or property damage at this time.

Chrysler told the AP that the pedals were made the same company that manufactured pedals involved in a Toyota Motor Corp. recall earlier this year.

From the AP:

NHTSA said Monday that it received five complaints from the drivers of Calibers with electronic throttle control, which governs the speed of a vehicle when a driver presses on or releases the gas pedal. The reports said that the pedals became stuck and did not return to the idle position.

Four of the Caliber drivers reported they found small parts of the gas pedal known as bushings on the driver side floor. Without the bushings, it is possible for the pedals to become stuck, according to NHTSA.

2007 Calibers built from March-April of 2006 can bring their cars to a Dodge dealer for a free inspection, or call 1-800-992-1997 for more information.

NHTSA probes sticky pedal problem in Dodge Caliber [AP]