AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 811,586 2012-'14 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans and 2014-'15 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the U.S. for a rollaway risk after the drivers exit the vehicles, the automaker said on Friday.
This is part of a larger global recall of 1.1 million cars and SUVs.
The problem is that confusing electronic gear shifters can lead drivers to think that the vehicles are in "Park," even though they are not.
"The vehicles affected by this recall are equipped with electronic shift levers that return to the same position after each manipulation," Fiat-Chrysler said in a statement. "Gear selection is conveyed to the driver by multiple sets of indicator lights, not gear-selector position, and unless due care is taken, drivers may draw erroneous conclusions about the status of their vehicles."
Fiat-Chrysler said it is aware of 41 injuries that are "potentially related" to the recall, but added: "the vehicles involved in these events were inspected and no evidence of equipment failure was found."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested the gear shifter and said it "is not intuitive and provides poor tactile and visual feedback to the driver, increasing the potential for unintended gear selection."
Fiat-Chrysler said it began equipping the Charger and 300 with a new shift-lever design in model year 2015.
A date has not been specified for the recall. Owners can contact Fiat-Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
Edmunds says: Owners will be notified when the repair becomes available. In the meantime, Fiat-Chrysler said drivers should always apply the parking brake, shift the transmission to Park and turn the engine off before exiting the vehicle.