NHTSA Investigates Ram, Dodge Rollaway Complaints

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More trouble for Fiat Chrysler when it comes to gear shift issues that can lead to rollaways, injuries and deaths.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening a new investigation into one million newer Ram pickups and Dodge SUVs following complaints some vehicles have rolled away when the driver thought they were in park.

The vehicles covered in the new investigation are 2013-16 Ram 1500 pickups and 2014-16 Dodge Durango SUVs. Federal investigators say they’ve received 25 complaints from owners who say their vehicle rolled away after they thought it was in park. Nine injuries are linked to the issue. Drivers are being urged to use the parking brake when exiting their vehicle.

This is the second time in 18 months FCA is facing rollaway issues. The current investigation involves an electronic four-stop rotary dial shifter FCA began using in 2012. It is also now being used in the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, although it is not included in this investigation.

It’s also important to note the gear shift under scrutiny now is different from the European-style three-position shifter that prompted FCA to recall more than 1.1 million vehicles earlier this year.  Late actor Anton Yelchin’s 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was among the vehicles recalled. In June, the 27-year-old was crushed to death when his recalled vehicle rolled down his driveway and pinned him against his gate.

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