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FCA Recalls Over a Million Vehicles That Can Suddenly Roll Away

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) is recalling 1.1 million vehicles with electronic gear selectors. While the system is working as it was designed, it’s the design that’s the problem.

A driver should know the gear-selection based on multiple sets of indicator lights, unlike normal shifters that use a gear-selector position. However, hundreds of drivers have caused their vehicles to roll away because of not realizing the vehicles aren’t in Park.

An investigation was opened earlier this year. One or two rollaways might be an accident, but hundreds? That screams of a “back to the drawing board” situation for the FCA team.

The recall includes the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger, 2012-2014 Chrysler 300, and the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Occupant Classification System Doesn’t Work in a Tiny Number of Chrysler 200 Vehicles

The occupant classification system (OCS) in some Chrysler 200’s might not be able to, well … classify occupants.

During a previous OCS recall, some Chrysler 200’s had the passenger-side module replaced. Others had new seat foam above the module installed. Unfortunately, if you don’t replace both at the same time then the whole system’s calibration could be off.

That’s bad news for you (but worse news for your passengers.)

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Chrysler Finds Out That Using Expired Primer Wasn’t a Good Choice

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) used expired primer to install the windshields in the 2015-2016 Chrysler Town and Country and 2014-2015 Dodge Grand Caravan. And guess what? It’s doing a terrible job preventing windshields from falling out.

“_The automaker says lab results showed using urethane with a primer that expired in July 2015 always passed the tests. However, using urethane with a primer that expired in January 2015 failed 100 percent of the time._

Shocking.

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Investigation Expanded Into Faulty Electronic Gear Shifters

If it ain’t broke, you can trust automakers to try and fix it.

That’s exactly what’s happening with some Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) vehicles. Someone high up in the FCA food chain decided it was time to swap out the dependable gear shifter for something a bit fancier.

e-Shift is a monostable electronic assembly that removes the grooves and tactile feedback of a traditional gear shifter, and replaces it with something much more confusing. The result? More and more Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep owners have no idea if their car is in drive, reverse, or park.

The new shifter has led to an increasing number of vehicles rolling away after the driver exited. How e-Xciting.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into e-Shift last summer. They have since upgraded the investigation to an engineering analysis to determine if 856,000 vehicles need to be recalled.

“NHTSA says to date, there are 306 incidents of Jeep Grand Cherokees rolling away after owners believed the SUVs were shifted into “Park.” The 306 rollaway incidents resulted in 117 alleged crashes and 28 injuries. Those injuries include pelvic fractures, broken kneecaps, a ruptured bladder, busted ribs, sprained knees, trauma to the legs, lacerations to the face and various other injuries.”

For what it’s worth, FCA changed the gearshift design for the 2016 model year.

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