U.S. investigates one
million Fiat Chrysler vehicles for roll-away crashes
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[December 20, 2016]
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration is launching an investigation into about 1 million newer
Fiat Chrysler Ram pickup trucks and SUVs after receiving complaints the
vehicles rolled away after being parked, it said on Tuesday.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV <0QXR.L> said it is cooperating with the
government investigation that covers the 2013-2016 model year Ram 1500
pickup truck and 2014-2016 Dodge Durango SUV. The government said it has
reports of 25 crashes from owners alleging vehicle roll-away and nine
injuries and urged drivers to set the parking brake before exiting the
The vehicles under investigation have an electronic rotary control for
driver gear selections that is different to the shifter that Fiat
Chrysler recalled earlier this year for roll away issues.
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Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and
Ram signage is displayed outside Bill Snethkamp dealership in
Detroit, Michigan January 2, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Lott
April, Fiat Chrysler recalled more than 1.1 million cars and SUVs worldwide
because the vehicles may roll away after drivers exit.
The problem in the recalled Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans and Jeep Grand
Cherokee SUVs has been tied to at least 68 injuries, 266 crashes and 308 reports
of property damage, the government said.
In June, Russian-born "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin was killed in a roll-away
crash in a recalled 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Yelchin, 27, died after his SUV
rolled backward in the steep driveway of his Los Angeles home and pinned him
against a brick wall and a fence. In August, his parents sued Fiat Chrysler for
negligence and product liability claims in California.
(Reporting by David Shepardson, editing by Louise Heavens)
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