Newer models of Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV’s are equipped with a confusing gear shifter that has led several drivers to believe that their vehicle is in ‘park’ when it is actually in ‘reverse.’ The defect has been linked to the death of actor Anton Yelchin.
Weeks before Yelchin was killed on June 19, Fiat Chrysler had started sending a software patch to its dealers to fix vehicles like Yelchin’s. It also planned to mail notices to owners to alert them of the fix on Friday, June 24. Included in the recall are 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, and model-year 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV’s. Drivers are advised to make sure the transmission is all the way in ‘park’ before taking their foot off the brake and getting out. They should also apply the emergency brake every time they park for added precaution. Owners with questions can call the Fiat Chrysler recall line at 800-853-1403 or contact their dealer.
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