Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) has announced a voluntary recall of its Jeep Grand Cherokee model to address concerns over the safe operation of its monostable gear shifter.
The recall affects 47,451 vehicles and includes the Chrysler 300 sedan.
This recall has been expected, with FCA confirming earlier this year that it would recall 1.1 million vehicles fitted with the monostable gear shifter, which has now been linked to 41 injuries and 212 accidents, including the death this week of actor Anton Yelchin.
The issue concerns the operation of the monostable gear shifter which after selecting a gear, including PARK, returns to its default central position. Or in other words, the position of the selector itself does not show what gear has been selected.
According to Fiat Chrysler Australia, “the selected gear is conveyed to the driver by multiple sets of indicator lights. As a safety precaution, the vehicles deliver warning chimes and alert messages if a driver attempts to switch off the engine when in any gear other than PARK, or if the driver-side doors are opened while their engines are still running and PARK is not engaged.”
“However, an investigation found these measures may be insufficient to deter some drivers from exiting their vehicles without first selecting PARK.”
Owners of vehicles covered by this recall will be notified as soon as a software update that addresses the issue is available. In the meantime, FCA Australia urges all customers to refer to their owner’s manual that outlines correct operation of the Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 transmission, including selecting Park, ensuring the engine is switched off and engaging the parking brake before exiting the vehicle.
Alternatively, customers can contact their dealer for detailed instructions.