Fiat Chrysler stated on Friday that the auto manufacturer will be recalling more than 1.1-million cars and SUVs worldwide due to a potential of the vehicles rolling away when drivers make their exit. The company said that the decision is linked to as many as 41 injuries due to drivers that are led to believe that they have placed their vehicles in park prior to exiting.
Fiat Chrysler Recalls Cars and SUVs Due to Them Having the Possibility of Rolling Away After Drivers Exit
The recall being done by Fiat Chrysler covers the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300 sedans as well as the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee sports utility vehicles (SUVs). There are approximately 811,000 vehicles in the United States that are affected, and about 52,000 vehicles in Canada. Furthermore, almost 17,000 vehicles are affected in Mexico and nearly 250,000 vehicles outside North America.
The US national Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is known to have upgraded their investigations into this particular issue back in February, said the following during a statement on Friday: “investigation of the shifter in these vehicles showed it is clearly a safety issue that has led hundreds of crashes and dozens of injuries.”
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said that the automaker will update the aforementioned affected vehicles automatically to prevent them from moving under certain circumstances, especially when the driver fails to put the vehicles in park. The car manufacturer did not say when the recall will be available.
Bryan Thomas, an NHTSA spokesman, said that the agency “will be monitoring this recall carefully to ensure that (Fiat Chrysler) produces a safe solution and gets the vehicles remedied as quickly as possible.”
The NHTSA said back in February of this year that they have received 314 complaints, of which it includes 121 crashes after vehicles have rolled away. Some of these crashes have stricken buildings, other cars, of even the drivers themselves. The reported injuries included three complaints of a fractured pelvis and there are also four other that require some other degree of care and hospitalization.
Fiat Chrysler said that they have already begun installing the Charger and 300 with a new shift-lever design in the 2015 model year. Furthermore, the Grand Cherokee’s shift-lever was updated the following year. Many of the crashes that were reported happened soon after the aforementioned vehicles have just been purchased. There was one reported complaint that was said to have happened in September of last year wherein a new Jeep Grand Cherokee in Leonardtown, Maryland had rolled forward and struck headstones found in a cemetery. The damage of the incident was said to have cost $1,500.