Drivers exit vehicles without first selecting Park.

Many drivers of mid-size SUVs and full-size cars from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are exiting their vehicles without first selecting the Park position of the gearbox and the manufacturer will try to eliminate the confusion by voluntarily recalling around 1.1 million vehicles worldwide.

811,586 cars sold in the United States, 52,144 in Canada, 16,805 in Mexico, and 248,667 elsewhere are equipped with a console-mounted shifter that always returns to the middle position and that’s confusing some owners. The automaker is issuing a recall to reduce the effect of potential driver error by enhancing warnings and transmission shift strategy.

The enhancements will combine warnings with a transmission-shift strategy to automatically prevent a vehicle from moving, under certain circumstances, even if the driver fails to select Park. The problem shifter controls a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox.

FCA says affected by the recall are certain model year 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, and model-year 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. The Charger and 300 already moved to another shifter in model year 2015, while the Grand Cherokee’s shift-lever was updated in model-year 2016.

The company will notify owners of affected cars for the recall when service becomes available. It also claims it is aware of 41 injuries that are potentially related to the recall and that vehicles involved in these events were “inspected and no evidence of equipment failure was found.”

Check out the press release section for more details.

Source: FCA North America

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