This past summer season, the National Highway Traffic Safety management opened up a preliminary investigation right into simply over 400,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees, after some proprietors alleged their automobiles would certainly roll away after being changed right into Park. NHTSA has since greater than increased the variety of Jeep, Dodge, and also Chrysler automobiles being examined. As well as the agency currently criticizes the issues on a complicated shifter design that does not sufficiently show to drivers that they haven’t involved Park.
The Detroit News notes that the NHTSA is performing an engineering analysis on over 856,000 Fiat Chrysler automobiles. The firm has actually obtained files of 314 roll-away occurrences, entailing 121 accidents and also 30 injuries, created when drivers left a car after they believed they would certainly moved into Park. And while the initial investigation dealt with the issue as a mechanical issue, it’s looking a growing number of like the problem contends least something to do with vehicle driver error because of a poorly-designed shifter.
The investigation involves 3.6-liter V-6-powered 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees, 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers and 2012-2014 Chrysler 300s– every one of which make use of a push-button console change bar that looks like a standard PRNDL shifter. However in operation, the digital shifter functions a lot more like a joystick, going back to its facility position once you’ve picked your gear. There is no gate around the shifter; the lever itself moves with somewhat refined detents, as well as the entire range of activity is extremely short as compared to a conventional mechanical shifter, perhaps 2 or 3 inches from end to end.
NHTSA has actually updated its therapy of this issue in FCA cars from an examination to an “design evaluation,” although no prepare for a recall have been announced right now. FCA went to a various shifter layout in model-year 2015 for the Dodge Battery charger and also Chrysler 300, and altered the Jeep Grand Cherokee shifter for 2016. The automaker informed that it is working together completely with the examination.