NHTSA Opens Investigation Into 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Reports of Rolling Away in Park May Affect Over 400,000 Units
If you own an automatic, when you put the shift lever in “Park” you expect the vehicle will stay put. However, for a few Jeep Grand Cherokee owners, that hasn’t been the case. After receiving 14 complaints, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening an investigation into 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee models for rolling away when in Park. In addition to the complaints, the NHTSA reports also claim there have been five reports of crashes and three injury incidents.
The newer-model Grand Cherokees have an electronic shifter, rather than a conventional mechanical shifter with clearly defined shift detents. The console shifter is basically a toggle switch that is pushed forward or backward and self-centers in the middle. There’s a chance it’s an issue with the shift position sensors not receiving the correct signal or faulty sensors or solenoids elsewhere in the system.
NHTSA and FCA have lately had a contentious relationship, especially in regard to recalls and the speed at which the repairs are being carried out. Last month, FCA and NHTSA agreed to a record $105 million civil penalty settlement, mainly stemming from the delay in repairs on the massive Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee recall and their fuel tank vulnerability in a severe rear-impact collision.