FCA Recalling More Than 800K Vehicles to Enhance 'Park' Warnings

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.”

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • KeepItReal KeepItReal on Apr 25, 2016

    As an owner of a 2014 JGC I love the current shifter. One of the best auto shifters I've used. Simple, Space saving, Amazingly easy to tell what gear you are in. I just can't fathom someone not knowing. Such a person would do this with ANY shifter. NOT FCA's fault. Big brother, protecting they stupid from themselves.

  • VSanity VSanity on May 11, 2016

    Honestly, if you're too stupid to put your vehicle in park before hopping out, you're probably too stupid to be driving.