As if that weren’t “For real?” enough, the automaker informs that the affected vehicles deliver a warning chime to alert the driver whenever the driver-side door is opened while the engine is still running and PARK is not engaged.
Fiat Chrysler is aware of 41 injuries that are potentially related to the issues with the shifters. The company emphasizes “potentially” because the vehicles involved in these cases were inspected and no evidence of failure was found by those entitled to tell you what’s wrong with a gear lever.
The nameplates that make up the recall include the 2012 to 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, as well as the 2014 to 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Fiat Chrysler hasn’t made the solution to the issue public, albeit the most cost-efficient fix would be to add a code to the electronic brain of the transmission that puts the cog-swapper into PARK when the driver’s door is open.
This recall is somewhat intriguing based on the fact that the 8-speed ZF automatic and the shifter’s design is used by Audi in some of its models, including the A8 full-size sedan. Furthermore, the push-button PARK position is used by BMW since, like, forever, and nobody complained about it. Check this space for the announcement when service becomes available for the affected nameplates. In the interim, Fiat Chrysler “urges customers to follow the instructions in their owners’ manuals.”
In other words, don’t forget to put it in PARK.