NHTSA Launches Probe into Reports of Jeep Cherokee, Dodge Durango Roll Away
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a probe into reports of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs rolling away unexpectedly.
An estimated 408,000 model year 2014 Dodge Durango and 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles could be impacted.
NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 14 complaints from vehicle owners alleging that after being placed in the "Park" position, the subject vehicles then suddenly rolled away. According to the reports, the unintended motion has occurred with both the engine off and the engine running.
ODI says that it has also identified Early Warning Reporting (EWR) field report data related to the alleged defect.
According to ODI, the affected Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles are equipped with an electronic gear selector (shift-by-wire system). The gear selection is made by pressing the shifter-paddle forward or backwards; the shifter does not move along a gate path as with conventional gear selectors.
ODI has opened a Preliminary Evaluation investigation to further assess the scope, frequency, and potential safety-related consequences of the alleged defect.
The vehicle owner complaints referenced above can be reviewed online under the following identification numbers: 10733158, 10730952, 10683556, 10679497, 10583366, 10725429, 10715401, 10711893, 10676998, 10668651, 10662619, 10662308, 10605865, and 10567538.