Fiat Chrysler recalls over 1.1 mn cars, SUVs globally
23 April 2016
Fiat Chrysler yesterday recalled over 1.1 million cars and SUVs worldwide because of a problem where the vehicles may roll off unexpectedly after drivers exit.
So far, this has has resulted in 41 injuries.
The Michigan-based carmaker said that drivers mistakenly believed they had put the vehicles in park position before getting off without shifting to 'park' with the engine still running.
The problem involves vehicles with electronic shift levers on their consoles that spring back to the same position after being shifted. Drivers can't tell by looking at the lever's position whether it is in 'park' mode. Instead, they have to depend on indicator lights, Fiat Chrysler said in statement.
Fiat Chrysler said that drivers were unaware of how to properly use electronically controlled shift levers.
The recall includes certain 2012 to 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans and 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.
The carmaker said that it would enhance the warning systems and otherwise modify the transmission systems in the recalled models, while it had already updated the shifters in newer versions of the vehicles.