Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling more than a million model-year 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, and model-year 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.
Ann estimated 811,586 are in the U.S., with another 52,144 vehicles in Canada; 16,805 in Mexico; and 248,667 outside the NAFTA region.
The recalled vehicles are equipped with electronic shift levers that return to the same position after each manipulation. Gear-selecti on is conveyed to the driver by multiple sets of indicator lights, not gear-selector position.
The vehicles also deliver warning chimes and alert messages if their driver-side doors are opened while their engines are still running and “Park” is not engaged. However, investigation suggested these measures may be insufficient to deter some drivers from exiting their vehicles without selecting “PARK.” Thus, drivers may draw erroneous conclusions about the status of their vehicles.
In fact, an investigation by Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found some drivers have exited their vehicles without first selecting “Park.” This may may pose a safety risk if a vehicle’s engine is still running.
Chrysler is aware of 41 injuries that are potentially related. The vehicles involved in these events were inspected and no evidence of equipment failure was found.
What to do
Owners will be notified when service becomes available. In the interim, FCA US urges customers to follow the instructions in their owners’ manuals.
Chrysler 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.”
Consumers with questions may call the Chrysler customer care center at 1-800-853-1403.