Fiat Chrysler, the leading Italian-American international auto manufacturer and presently the world’s seventh-major auto manufacturer, is going to recall 1.1 million vehicles from all global markets to deal with the problematic shifter, employed in its different models that are equipped with the eight-velocity automatic transmission systems. The problem with these vehicles is that the console-escalated shifter works similar to a rocker switch and comes to the center position back at all times after moved. This has been considered confusing to the drivers, who are driving the vehicle. This is greatly confusing that makes some driver to go out of their vehicles devoid of first choosing Park and showing the way to the vehicle rolling away.
According to the report received from the administration division of Fiat Chrysler, so far, 41 people have been injured as a result of the problem of the vehicles’ shifter. However, there is no proof that has so far been discovered due to the equipment breakdown in these vehicles. As a result of the shifter problem, it is expected that the Italian auto manufacturer would enhance the warning bells and would modify the shift plan in all its vehicles. This means that warning messages will be shown during situations whenever the door beside the driver’s seat is opened when the engine of the vehicle is in running condition. Moreover, when the driver door is in opened condition, the transmission system of the vehicle will prevent it from moving further even if Park is not chosen.
Some of the models of Fiat Chrysler affected as a consequence of shifter problem include:
Chrysler 300 sedans and Dodge Charger sedans, which were launched during the period from 2012 to 2014.
Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles, which were launched during the period from 2014 up to the concluding part of 2015.
It is estimated that a total of 811,586 vehicles in the United States have been affected due to the shifter problem. Fiat is also going to recall 52,144 vehicles from the Canadian market, 16,805 vehicles from the Mexican market and 248,667 vehicles from the remaining automobile markets in the world.
The shifter in Fiat models has been attached with the ZF-built and ZF-designed eight-velocity automatic transmission system. Audi, the leading German auto manufacturer, also exercises a similar shifter system in some of its models, as well as the present generation, which was launched before Fiat Chrysler used in its vehicles.
However, in all models of Ram, Fiat Chrysler employs a dissimilar, revolving-dial-type shifter on the eight-velocity transmission systems. The business moved away from the problematic shifter design during 2015 for the Dodge Charger models and Chrysler 300 sedans, and the shift lever of the Grand Cherokee was modified for the 2016 model year vehicle.
From the official resources of Fiat Chrysler, it has been reported that the owners of these affected vehicles all over the world will be duly notified about the recall of their vehicles when service is on hand. The Italian auto manufacturer urges all its customers throughout the world to go after the instructions available in the owner’s manual of their vehicles in the meantime.