Fiat Chrysler to recall 1.1 million cars in North America and the UK

by Sam Sheehan, Autocar UK 25 Apr 2016


Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that it will be recalling 1.1 million cars to modify the parking brake system after 41 people have been injured.

Of the 1.1 million cars, 811,586 are in the US, and close to 69,000 come from the surrounding countries of Canada and Mexico. Of the remaining quarter of a million cars, 4,621 are in the UK.

The carmaker says that owners are incorrectly assuming they have engaged Park in automatic models, only to then realise the car was still in fact free to roll.

FCA claims that the issue isn’t due to a technical fault, but rather due to drivers not correctly engaging Park. It says it is voluntarily recalling the cars in order to improve the notification lights so drivers can more clearly know when their car is in Park.

The affected cars include Dodge Chargers built between 2012 an 2014, Chrysler 300s from 2014 and 2015 and certain Jeep Grand Cherokees.

Though no reports of injury or Park issues have been reported in the UK, FCA says it will be voluntarily recalling the cars anyway to make the same improvements. It is thought that only Jeep Grand Cherokee owners will be affected in the UK.

The carmaker will be issuing dealerships with the VIN numbers of eligible vehicles, in order for them to contact owners individually to arrange the fix.