US safety regulators plan to take a closer look over complaints that some Fiat Chrysler Automobiles cars have problems with their transmissions system.
Many customers have reported that their Fiat Chrysler cars are rolling away, even if the transmission has been set into park mode. In the light of so many incidents, federal regulators have decided to escalate the inquiry and take a closer look at these complaints. The investigation is targeting three Fiat Chrysler models which show such issues, affecting about 856,300 cars, according to a document filed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation. The document also reveals the rollaway incidents resulted in 121 alleged crashes, with 30 leading to reported injuries. The most complaints are pointing to 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokee, while the other models involved were the 2012-14 Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Charger with a 3.6-liter engine. The regulatory inquiry expands a probe opened in August addressing 14 complaints that 2014-15 Grand Cherokee vehicles have rolled away after a driver intended to park them.
An engineering analysis was opened “to assess the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect,” according to the document. More than 300 complaints about rollaway problems have been reported to regulators and the manufacturer, according to the document. The cars have an electronic gearshift made by ZF Group that may not provide drivers with clear enough feedback in all cases about the gear they’re in, according to the document. “We’re fully co-operating with the investigation,” Eric Mayne, a spokesman for Fiat Chrysler, said.