NHTSA Investigating Jeep Grand Cherokee for Roll Away Risk

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating about 408,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees over a concern the vehicle could roll away.

NHTSA has received 14 complaints alleging that model year 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees have rolled away after being parked. Five reports of collisions or injuries have been reported as a result of the issue, though the severity of the injuries was not made clear.

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To change gears on the Grand Cherokee, you push the “shifter-paddle forward or backwards; the shifter does not move along a gate path as with conventional gear selectors,” noted NHTSA. It seems the issue may be with people placing the car into reverse when thinking they were actually in park.

One complaint from Colorado says that the driver pushed the shift lever “clear forward till it stopped,” to park the Grand Cherokee, which proceeded to roll backwards into the driver’s house.

NHTSA will identify the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of this issue and will decide if a recall is necessary.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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