An estimated 408,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees are the subject of a preliminary NHTSA investigation after drivers complained that newer models rolled away after being put in park.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is opening the investigation of 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs after receiving 14 complaints alleging that the vehicles have rolled away after being placed in the park position.
Gear selection on the models under investigation is made by pressing the shifter paddle on the electronic gear selector forward or backward, and the shifter does not move along a gate path as in conventional gear selectors, NHTSA said.
The preliminary investigation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and safety-related consequence of the alleged defect.
So far, NHTSA has received five reports of crashes or fires related to the alleged defect and three injuries. The severity of the injuries is not clear.
**ADVOCATE CLICKTIGHT CHILD SEATS RECALL**
Britax Child Safety, Inc. (Britax) is recalling certain Advocate ClickTight child seats, model numbers E9LT95Q, E9LT95Z, E9LT95N, and E1A025Q, Boulevard ClickTight child seats, model numbers E9LT86F, E1A135Q, E9LT86G, E9LT85Q, E9LT86A, E9LT86H, E9LT85S, E1A015Q, E1A016A, and E1A016H, and Marathon ClickTight child seats, model numbers E1A116L, E9LT76P, E9LT71Q, E9LT76N, E9LT76B, E9LT75R, E9LT76L, E1A006B, E1A005R and EXA116L, manufactured August 1, 2014, to July 29, 2015. The affected child seats have a red harness adjuster button that may stick in the down (harness release) position allowing the shoulder harness to loosen.
If the harness loosens, the child may not be properly restrained, increasing their risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Britax will notify registered owners and send them a remedy kit that includes a lubricant to apply to the harness adjuster button, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 17, 2015. Owners may contact Britax customer service at 1-888-427-4829, option 3 or by visiting www.BritaxClickTightConvertibleRecall.com.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.