Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.1 million vehicles over “problematic” shifter image

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.1 million cars and SUVs worldwide because vehicles may roll away as drivers forget to select “park” when they exit.

In February of this year, US safety regulators have decided to escalate an inquiry over complaints that some Fiat Chrysler cars have “problems” with their transmissions system, as many customers have reported that their cars are rolling away. The issue is with the electronic shifter of the ZF eight-speed auto transmission which acts like a joystick by always returning to its initial position and gear-selection is conveyed to drivers by indicator lights. Therefore, you have to just pay attention from time to time to see what mode is engaged and this apparently leads to some confusion.

It has been found that some drivers have exited their vehicles without first selecting “Park” before stepping out, thus leading to the car rolling away. The automaker said it was aware of 41 injuries that are potentially related, but the vehicles involved in these events were inspected and no evidence of equipment failure was found.

The vehicles also deliver warning chimes and alert messages if their driver-side doors are opened while their engines are still running and “Park” is not engaged, but the company says it will update the system to automatically prevent a car from moving, even if the driver fails to select “Park.”

There are 811,586 vehicles in the US affected by this safety campaign, namely certain model-year 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, and model-year 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. Also subject to recall are an estimated 52,144 vehicles in Canada, 16,805 in Mexico, and 248,667 outside the NAFTA region.