Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Vehicles Following 41 Injury Reports
Fiat Chrysler has recalled approximately 1.1 million vehicles worldwide, including 811,586 midsize SUVs and full-size cars in the U.S, due to an issue with vehicle transmissions.
About the Fiat Chrysler Recalls
Fiat Chrysler’s goal is to eliminate the public’s confusion about the vehicles’ automatic transmission when it is in park position. Some vehicles have electronic shift levers that spring back after being put on park. Thus, the driver cannot tell when the car is on park. They have to depend on their indicator lights when this happens.
Because of this problem, drivers have been getting out of the vehicles without shifting into park while the engine is still running. According to USA Today, ther recall was initiated after 41 injuries were reported.
In the U.S., the recall involves certain 2012 to 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans and 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.
Reasons for the Fiat Chrysler Recalls
Information below provided by USAToday.com:
- The recall results from an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which was joined by Fiat Chrysler after complaints were reported.
- One owner in Walton, Ind., said he left his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee running, and his son pointed out that the car was moving. He jumped back in and put his foot on the break and saw the shift indicator slowly move to park.
- A driver in Rochester Hills, Mich., reported becoming confused about whether the vehicle was in reverse.
- The problem involves a failure by engineers to fully anticipate all scenarios in which drivers use the shifters.