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Statement: Shift Strategy

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FCA US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 811,586 mid-size SUVs and full-size cars in the U.S. to reduce the effect of potential driver error by enhancing warnings and transmission shift strategy.

An investigation by FCA US and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found some drivers have exited their vehicles without first selecting “PARK.” Such behavior may pose a safety risk if a vehicle’s engine is still running.

The Company 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.

The vehicles affected by this recall are equipped with electronic shift levers that return to the same position after each manipulation. 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.

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,” so FCA US will enhance the warnings and transmission-shift strategy on these vehicles.

The enhancements 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.”

Affected by this campaign are certain model-year 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, and model-year 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. Also subject to recall are an estimated 52,144 vehicles in Canada; 16,805 in Mexico; and 248,667 outside the NAFTA region.

Affected customers will be notified when service becomes available. In the interim, FCA US urges customers to follow the instructions in their owners’ manuals.


To address customer-satisfaction issues, the Company began equipping the Charger and 300 with a new shift-lever design in model-year 2015. The Grand Cherokee’s shift-lever was updated in model-year 2016.

Customers with questions may call the FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-800-853-1403
 

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FCA Recalling More Than 800K Vehicles to Enhance ‘Park’ Warnings

Apr 22, 2016



Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 811,586 vehicles after it has been found that drivers have exited their vehicles without first selecting “Park” on their shifter.

According to FCA, the vehicles affected by the recall are equipped with electronic shift levers that return to the same position after each change. As a result, gear selection is conveyed to the driver by multiple sets of indicator lights, not gear-selector position, causing some drivers to draw erroneous conclusions about the status of their vehicles. Although FCA is aware of 41 injuries potentially related to the issue, it stressed that the vehicles involved were inspected and no evidence of equipment failure has been found.

Currently 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 engaged. The automaker and its investigation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have found that these measures may not be sufficient to deter some drivers from exiting their vehicles without selecting “Park.”

To address the issue, FCA will enhance the warnings and transmission-shift strategy on the affected vehicles to automatically prevent them from moving under certain circumstances, even if the driver fails to select “Park.”

Vehicles affected under the recall include the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, as well as 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. Also subject to the recall are an estimated 52,144 vehicles in Canada, 16,805 in Mexico and 248,667 outside the North American region.

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RECALL Subject : Driver may Exit Vehicle when it is not in PARK , 1 INVESTIGATION(S)

Report Receipt Date: APR 25, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V240000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 811,586


Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

SUMMARY:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 vehicles manufactured February 15, 2011, to November 27, 2014, and 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured July 16, 2012, to December 22, 2015. The affected vehicles, equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a monostable gear selector, may not adequately warn the driver when driver's door is opened and the vehicle is not in PARK, allowing them to exit the vehicle while the vehicle is still in gear.
CONSEQUENCE:
Drivers thinking that their vehicle's transmission is in the PARK position may be struck by the vehicle and injured if they attempt to get out of the vehicle while the engine is running and the parking brake is not engaged.
REMEDY:
FCA will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle software to mitigate the risk of vehicle rollaway, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is S27.
 

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Did a Defective Jeep Kill Anton Yelchin?

Did a Defective Jeep Kill Anton Yelchin?

June 19, 2016

According to multiple news reports, promising young actor Anton Yelchin, known for his portrayal of Chekhov in the reborn Star Trek movie series, was killed when his Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against his mailbox at his driveway security gate.

The Jeep was parked on a steep hill but found in neutral gear when he was discovered dead.

Considering recent recalls with Fiat Chrysler Automobile shifters, could a badly designed shifter have killed the 27 year old? And could this be the first death attributable to the design flaw?

FCA’s Monostable shift lever acts unlike a traditional gear shifter. When it’s shifted into park, the lever returns to the middle position, regardless of whether it was placed in park or not.

The design flaw prompted a recall that included 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokees as well as 2012-14 Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300s as affected models. At the time of the recall, 121 accidents and 41 injuries were attributed to the flaw.

The model year of the Jeep Grand Cherokee in this unfortunate incident has not been detailed by police or friends of Yelchin.


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Fiat Chrysler Investigating Roll-Away Incident That Killed Actor

Fiat Chrysler Investigating Roll-Away Incident That Killed Actor

Jun 21, 2016



Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was killed when pinned under his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles now says it will conduct an inquiry into the death of the Star Trek star. The Jeep Grand Cherokee in question was involved in a safety recall, which may have led to the accident.

According to Los Angeles police, Yelchin was pinned against a fence by his own vehicle after it rolled down a steep driveway. The actor died of his injuries at the scene. Suspicion has fallen on the gear shifter of the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee which may cause the vehicle to roll away even when drivers believe they have placed it in Park mode. The gear shifter on the model is more akin to a joystick than a traditional shifter used for automatic transmissions.

Fiat Chrysler issued a recall in April for more than 1.1 million vehicles worldwide which have the same electronic gear shifter found in the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee after numerous complaints and accidents. Problems with the gear shifter have been linked to some 700 reported incidents, including 212 crashes and 41 injuries. Fiat Chrysler sent a letter to dealers in May saying it would have a software fix for the problem by July or August at the latest.

A Fiat Chrysler spokesman said there would be a “thorough investigation” of the accident.

Yelchin has had numerous film roles in his career and most-prominently appeared in the rebooted Star Trek film series, portraying the character of Chekov.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee I Electronic Shifter


Published on May 15, 2013

This video explains how to operate the electronic shifter for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
 

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Set to be Recalled

Jeep Grand Cherokee Set to be Recalled Following Actor’s Death

Jun 22, 2016




FCA is readying a recall for the Jeep Grand Cherokee following the death of actor Anton Yelchin.

The automaker has sent its dealerships new software that can be installed to add a software-based “Auto Park” feature in the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the intention of preventing the SUVs from moving if the driver’s side door is opened and the shifter is not in park. The company will begin notifying owners this Friday so that they can schedule an appointment with dealers. The software update will be available for 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees equipped with either the standard 3.6-liter V6 engine or the 5.7-liter V8. It will not work on the Grand Cherokees powered by a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine or the Grand Cherokee SRT with the 6.4-liter V8. Those vehicles will be recalled later this summer.

The recall comes following the death of Anton Yelchin, known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the latest series of Star Trek films. The 27-year-old was found pinned against the security gate of his Southern California home by a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was still running.


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Maserati Recalls 13K Sedans

Maserati Recalls 13K Sedans Over Tricky Gear Shift



Jun 23, 2016


Maserati Recalls 13K Sedans Over Tricky Gear Shift

Maserati is the latest Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) brand to recall vehicles over the design and operation of the gear selector.

About 13,092 Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans are being recalled as drivers can mistakenly believe that the vehicle is in park, causing it to roll away.

Back in April, FCA recalled 1.1 million vehicles over this same problem as they use the same style of gear selector. The gearshift acts like a joystick, always returning back to the center position after the gear is selected. This has lead to many case of drivers mistakenly thinking that the vehicle is in park.

The 2012-2014 Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300 and 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is affected by the first recall.

That earlier recall was linked to 41 injuries, 212 crashes and 308 reports of property damage. A roll away of a Jeep Grand Cherokee is also being investigated as the likely cause of death for actor Anton Yelchin.

Maserati says that no injuries, crashes or roll aways have been reported in its vehicles. A software re-flash, that has just been rolled out for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, will likely remedy the problem.


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Jeep owners sue Fiat Chrysler over gear selector defect
Suit will seek class action status

June 23, 2016


NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Jeep Grand Cherokee owners are hitting Fiat Chrysler with a lawsuit over the design defect that is suspected in the death of "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin.

Law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLC filed the suit Thursday, claiming the company "fraudulently concealed and failed to remedy a gear shifter design defect affecting 811,000 vehicles and linked to driverless rollaway incidents."


Those vehicles include 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees, 2012-2014 Chrysler 300s and 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers, according to the firm.

Additionally, Steve Berman, the firm's managing partner, said Maserati owners included in a recent recall could also join the suit. Maserati, which is owned by FCA, is recalling about 13,000 sedans that have the same sort of gear shifter that was used in the Jeep that killed Yelchin.

"In making these vehicles, Fiat Chrysler failed at adequately and responsibly designing one of the most basic safety features -- the gear shifter," Berman said.

The suit will seek class action status for the car owners, looking to force Fiat Chrysler to compensate them for the diminished value of their vehicles following the "raft of negative publicity" brought on by Yelchin's death, according to the complaint.

The suit doesn't specify how much it is seeking in total or for each car owner.

The death of Yelchin, 27, brought the gear shift issue to national attention when he was crushed by his Jeep outside his Los Angeles home on June 19.

According to law enforcement, Yelchin's Jeep rolled down his driveway and pinned him to a brick post in front of his Los Angeles home.

Fiat Chrysler did file a recall notice for about 1.1 million cars -- including the Jeep model that Yelchin owned -- with federal regulators in April, citing issues with the gear selector. But owners had only received a warning and not an official recall notice at the time of Yelchin's death.

More than 100 crashes have been reported due to a gear selector problem that caused driver confusion about whether the car was in park. More than two dozen injuries have been caused by these rollaways, according to federal reports.

The company did not immediately respond to CNNMoney's requests for comment.
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Recalled Gearshift Issue Demonstrated


Published on Jun 22, 2016

Star Trek Anton Yelchin was recently killed when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards crushing him. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, but Anton Yelchin's Grand Cherokee was recalled by FCA for a gearshift that could have caused this accident. In this TFLcar video Jeep's Recalled Gearshift Issue is Demonstrated, Examined & Explained.
 

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Shifters Have Caused 266 Crashes, 68 Injuries

FCA’s Confusing Shifters Have Caused 266 Crashes, 68 Injuries

Jun 28, 2016



A government investigation has concluded that 266 crashes and up to 68 injuries have been caused by confusing shifters in a number of vehicles built by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the numbers on Tuesday, although the investigation into the matter was closed when FCA agreed to recall 1.1 million vehicles equipped with the problem shifters. There are also 686 consumer complaints logged about the shifter.

The issue is with the design of the shifter. Rather than the shift lever itself moving to slot into gear, it is operated like a joystick where you push forward or backwards to choose the gear you want, and then the lever returns to a center position. Thanks to its finicky design, many drivers believed they had placed the vehicle in Park, when it was actually still in gear. This caused rollaways which resulted in the multitude of accidents, injuries and it looks like at least one death.

Actor Anton Yelchin of Star Trek fame was killed recently after his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled away and pinned him against a pillar at his house. FCA and NHTSA are currently investigating that situation to find out what went wrong.

To fix the issue, FCA has developed software that will make the warning alarms even louder if the driver door is open and the vehicle is not in park. The software will also automatically shift the vehicle to park if the driver door is opened while it is running and in gear.

The shifters are found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300.




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Anton Yelchin’s Family Suing

Anton Yelchin’s Family Suing FCA Following Actor’s Death

Aug 02, 2016



The family of actor Anton Yelchin is suing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) over the rollaway accident that caused his death.

Yelchin was killed on June 19 when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backward on a steep driveway, crushing him against a brick wall and fence. Now, his parents are suing FCA for negligence and product liability as a result of the rollaway crash. Yelchin’s vehicle was under a recall that was issued two months earlier.

The lawsuit is believed to be the first wrongful death complaint linked to the recall in April that included more than 1.1 million cars and SUVs because the vehicles could roll away after the drivers exit. The issue was allegedly caused by the confusing electronic shifter.

In the U.S., the recall affects 811,000 vehicles and it has been linked to 68 injuries, 266 crashes and 308 reports of property damage. Yelchin’s tragic death is the first fatality known to be tied to the recall.


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Recall: Transmission Control Sensors

Parts maker ZF recalls 505K transmission control sensors

Aug 5, 2016

DETROIT (AP) — Automotive parts supplier ZF North America is recalling 505,000 control sensors in the U.S. because they can make some nine-speed transmissions shift into neutral without warning.

The company says in government documents that the transmissions were sold to several automakers that will issue recalls. But the only one identified was Fiat Chrysler, which discovered the problem and reported it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

ZF says a star-shaped connector on a wiring harness wasn't crimped properly. That can increase electrical resistance that can shift the transmission into neutral.

The problem came to light in July when Fiat Chrysler recalled more than 323,000 U.S. vehicles to fix the problem. The Fiat Chrysler recall covered certain Chrysler 200 midsize sedans, Ram ProMaster City small vans, Jeep Renegade and Cherokee SUVs from the 2015 model year. Some 2014 Cherokees are covered.

ZF says a software update will fix the problem.

It was unclear whether the glitch had caused any crashes or injuries. Fiat Chrysler said in July that there were none. A ZF spokesman said Friday he was checking into the matter.
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Transmission may Shift Unexpectedly

RECALL Subject : Transmission may Shift Unexpectedly to Neutral

Report Receipt Date: JUL 12, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V529000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 412,855


Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

SUMMARY:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and 2015 Chrysler 200, Jeep Renegade and RAM ProMaster vehicles equipped with 9-speed automatic transmissions. The transmission sensor clusters may have insufficient crimps in the transmission wire harness, and as a result, the transmission may unexpectedly shift to neutral.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the vehicle unexpectedly shifts to neutral, there is an increased risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, dealers will update the transmission software to prevent the transmission from shifting into neutral due to a faulty crimp, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 26, 2016. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is S55.
 

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ZF Recalls Nine-Speed Transmissions in FCA, Honda and Land Rover Vehicles

Aug 09, 2016




Transmission builder ZF Friedrichshafen AG is recalling about 505,000 vehicles in the U.S. which use its nine-speed automatic transmission.

In the affected cars, which come from numerous brands, the transmission can suddenly shift into neutral while driving due to a wiring harness with a faulty crimp attaching it to the sensor cluster. A high electrical resistance is the result of the bad crimp which causes the drops into neutral. A software flash will either prevent the transmission from shifting or warn the driver before the shift into neutral occurs.

The 2015 Chrysler 200, Ram ProMaster City, Jeep Renegade and Cherokee make up 324,000 units of the recall, while the rest are from Honda and Land Rover. Neither of those companies have specified which vehicles will be recalled yet, though we know that the Acura MDX, the Honda Pilot and the Land Rover Evoque all use the ZF-built nine-speed unit.

For now, FCA is only recalling 2015 model year vehicles, despite the fact that many of its 2016 and 2017 model year vehicles still use the same transmission. ZF did make a change to its crimping process in July of 2014, which could be the reason why the newer vehicles are not being brought back in.

A search of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website turns up hundreds of complaints regarding the transmission, with Car and Driver counting at least 895 separate owners complaining of not just random neutral drops, but also hesitation, rough shifts, acceleration surges and vehicles that roll away even after they are put in park. About 16 complaints have been levelled at the transmission in 2016 model year vehicles.

“In this instance, ZF provided the necessary documentation to NHTSA to address a specific issue,” ZF spokesman Bryan Johnson told Car and Driver when asked about the other alleged transmission problems. “All other concerns and filings need to be addressed by our customers. It is ZF’s policy to refrain from speaking on their behalf.”

FCA is also currently dealing with another recall and lawsuits over a confusing shifter design which resulted in rollaways. The case gained the spotlight when famous actor Anton Yelchin was killed when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled away and crushed him.


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Software Fix Didn't Work

Software Fix Didn't Work On Some Fiat Chrysler Gearshifts

11/17/2016

Software designed to fix confusing gear shifters on 1.1 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles didn't work on 29,000 of them. Now the owners are being asked to take the vehicles back to dealers for another try.

The new software was supposed to make the cars and SUVs automatically shift into park when the driver's door is opened while the engine is running. But Fiat Chrysler says the change didn't properly fix 13,000 vehicles in the U.S. and 16,000 in other countries.


Jeep Grand Cherokees from the 2014 and 2015 model years and the 2012 through 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 were recalled in April due to complaints from drivers who had trouble telling if the transmission was in "park" after stopping.

A U.S. government investigation that led to the recall found 266 crashes that injured 68 people. Many owners reported that the vehicles rolled off after the driver exited. "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin was killed in June when his recalled Jeep rolled down his driveway and pinned him against a mailbox pillar and fence. His parents have sued Fiat Chrysler claiming that it made unsafe shifters. Los Angeles police are still investigating his death.

FCA says it's calling and sending letters and emails to the 29,000 owners. The software fix worked properly on the rest of the 406,000 vehicles that have been fixed worldwide, the company said.

The problem, reported in a document released this week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was discovered in a Fiat Chrysler audit. Company spokesman Eric Mayne says the vehicles may not shift into park automatically, or they may shift into park without the gear selector showing it.

Fiat Chrysler has no reports of crashes or injuries among the 29,000 vehicles. Many were at dealerships for other reasons and were given the new software, Mayne said.

The software didn't work in a small number of vehicles with certain engine, transmission and two- or four-wheel-drive combinations, Mayne said. "In most cases we initiated the installation of that software without the customer having to show up with the recall notice in hand. It just wasn't the right software for their particular vehicles," he said.

A second software update will take care of the problem, Mayne said. A spokesman for the government safety agency said he was checking into the matter.

The recalled vehicles have an electronic shift lever that toggles forward or backward to let the driver select the gear instead of moving along a track with notches for each gear like a conventional shifter. A light shows which gear is selected, but to get from drive to park, drivers must push the lever forward three times. If a vehicle is in drive and the lever is pressed just once, it goes into neutral and could roll if on a slope.
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