NEW YORK: Fiat Chrysler announced the recall of more than 1 million vehicles after dozens of people were injured by cars they thought were locked in ‘park’ mode but kept moving. Investigators from the company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found cases where some drivers have exited vehicles thinking the car was safely in ‘park’ but in fact was in neutral or another gear that allowed it to move while they climbed out. Affected models include 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers and 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokees. The Italian auto giant said it knows of 41 injuries that may be related to the problem. The cars already include protections, such as warning chimes and alert messages if driver-side doors are opened while a car is still running and ‘park’ is not engaged. However, Fiat Chrysler said those protections may be insufficient.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2016.
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