RECALL ALERT: Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Autos for “Roll Away” Dangers

By on April 25, 2016

Fiat Chrysler announced a recall of 1.1 million vehicles for problems relating to electronically controlled shift levers.

According to an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Highway Safety Administration, it recorded over 300 incidents, including dozens that led to injuries,of cars rolling away because the shift levers confused drivers into thinking the car was in “park” when it was not.

The found that the shifters were unreasonably difficult to operate properly. Unlike physical shifters that drivers are used to, which require moving a lever to changed position, the electronic shifters utilize a lever that resets to a center position; looking at the position of the shifter doesn’t tell the driver the gear the car is in.

The recall is for 850,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. and 250,000 sold in other countries.

In the U.S., the recall is of certain 2012 to 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, and 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

Additional information is available from Chrsyler and the NHTSA, which have a “search by VIN” feature:

https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/