Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Cars for Confusing Gear Shift Lever

By Paul Riegler on 22 May 2016
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DSC_5364 (1)Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is recalling some 1.1 million cars and SUVs because some drivers have found their gear shift levers confusing and would exit the vehicle without shifting into park.

The recall covers 811,586 cars in the United States and 317,616 in other markets.

The move follows a 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation of rollaway complaints for multiple Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep models including the 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2012-2014 Chrysler 300, and the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger, all of which are included in the recall.

“Drivers may exit the vehicle when the engine is running and the transmission is not in Park, resulting in unattended vehicle rollaway. Rollaway incidents may result in serious injuries to the driver or passengers as they exit the vehicle or to other pedestrians in the path of the rolling vehicle,” the NHTSA said in the recall notice.

“The vehicles affected by this recall are equipped with electronic shift levers that return to the same position after each manipulation,” the automaker said in a statement. “Gear-selection is conveyed to the driver by multiple sets of indicator lights, not gear-selector position, and unless due care is taken, drivers may draw erroneous conclusions about the status of their vehicles.”

Fiat Chrysler said it has been notified of 41 injuries that are potentially related to the issue. The company will notify the owners of the affected vehicles and dealers will update the transmission levers so they won’t move once the driver has exited the vehicle.

Newer models of the recalled vehicles came equipped with a new shift-lever design from the factory and are not involved in the recall.

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