FCA Recalling More Than 800,000 Vehicles for Shifter Issue
Company Claims No Technical Fault, Blames Driver Error
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is voluntarily recalling 811,586 midsize SUVs and fullsize cars equipped with eight-speed automatic transmissions and electronic shifters for a safety issue relating to the transmission not properly going into “Park” mode when parked. The company is aware of 41 incidents potentially related to this issue. Each of the vehicles in question was inspected and found to be functioning normally.
At issue seems to be the shifters’ spring-loaded action returning to the same position after each gear selection. FCA reminds drivers to pay attention to the indicator lights and displays that communicate which gear the transmission is in. The company further reminds owners the vehicle will give a warning chime and alert message if the door is opened before the vehicle is put into Park.
As part of the recall, measures are being put into place to immobilize the vehicle under certain conditions, even if a driver doesn’t select Park. Affected vehicles include the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, and 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Another 52,144 vehicles in Canada, 16,805 in Mexico, and 248,667 vehicles outside of the NAFTA region are part of the recall. The shifter design on the Charger and Chrysler 300 was changed in 2015, and the Grand Cherokee’s shifter design was changed in 2016 in response to customer complaints and issues.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles