Fiat Chrysler has announced a recall for 1.8 million Ram pickups that can inadvertently shift out of park. The automaker says it has identified seven injuries and multiple crashes in connection with the defect.
According to USA Today, the recall covers a wide spectrum of Ram heavy-duty pickups dating back to the 2009 model year and also includes some light-duty Ram pickups.
Fiat Chrysler says that the issue involves shifters mounted to steering columns. The issue arises when the brake pedal is pressed for a long stretch of time while the driver is idling in park. The brake-transmission shift interlock can disable, allowing the shifter to move out of park mode.
Roughly 1.5 million of the recalled pickups were sold in the U.S. with 300,000 being sold elsewhere.
Fiat Chrysler will repair the defect for free. In the meantime, owners are urged to use the parking brake at all times when parking.
The recall affects certain vehicles from the following model-years: