Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a recall on Friday which will affect as many as 1.1 million cars and SUVs. FCA indicated that the issue involves the potential for rollaway after drivers have exited their vehicles.
The recall includes the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans and the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles. An estimated 811,000 of the affected vehicles are in the United States, in addition to about 52,000 units in Canada, 17,000 cars and SUVs in Mexico and about 250,000 vehicles sold outside of North America.
In its probe in to the issue, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 314 owner complaints, of which 121 involved crashes into buildings, drivers or other vehicles. NHTSA testing concluded that the electronic gear shifters in the affected vehicles were “not intuitive and provides poor tactile and visual feedback to the driver, increasing the potential for unintended gear selection.”
FCA indicated that the vehicles will be updated to prevent them from moving even if the driver has failed to park the vehicle.