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Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1m vehicles following 41 injuries

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By Minda Smiley, Reporter

April 22, 2016 | 2 min read

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.1m of its vehicles around the world following 41 injuries that have been related to driver confusion around whether or not their car is in ‘park.’

According to the company, the recall stems from the fact that drivers of the vehicles involved may mistakenly exit their cars without placing them in ‘park’ mode since the gear shifters depend on a light system instead of physical position, which some have found confusing.

While “warning chimes” and “alert messages” are meant to alert drivers if their doors are opened and the car hasn’t been placed in ‘park,’ an investigation found that that these were not effective measures and that drivers were still accidentally leaving their cars without ensuring that their car is parked.

The company said in a statement that it is recalling the vehicles involved so that it can “reduce the effect of potential driver error by enhancing warnings and transmission shift strategy.”

In the US, 811,586 mid-size SUVs and full-size cars were recalled. Vehicles involved include 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300 sedans as well as 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. Another 52,144 vehicles were recalled in Canada in addition to 16,805 in Mexico and 248,667 outside of North America.

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