A global recall of Jeep and Chrysler vehicles fitted with an electronic shift lever is now being carried out in Australia.
The Jeep/Chrysler recall is being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
The recall notice advises that if the engine is left running, the “PARK” position is not engaged and the “PARK BRAKE” is not applied prior to the driver exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away striking and injuring the driver, passenger or bystanders.
Overview of the electronic shift lever provided by the ACCC:
The electronic shift lever (Figure A) in the affected vehicles does not move like a conventional T shifter (Figure B). The electronic shift lever is spring loaded and always returns to the same centre position like a joystick after the desired gear is selected.
The ACCC warning that incorrect use could see the vehicle roll away striking and injuring the driver, passenger or bystanders.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia will notify vehicle owners who can take their vehicle to a Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership where the vehicle will have work conducted to safe guard against the possibility that the vehicle is not properly put into the “PARK” position.