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U.S. Vehicle Safety Officials Investigating Fiat Chrysler Roll-Away Crashes

Rollaway Injuries Prompt Fiat Chrysler Ram Truck Recall

Company will recall 1.8 million Ram trucks that can dangerously shift out of park without warning

The New York Times reports that Fiat Chrysler has announced a recall of 1.8 million Ram trucks after receiving reports of 7 people suffering injuries after crashes the company admits “might be linked to the problem.” The company has linked the issue to the vehicles’ brake transmission shift interlock, “a device that normally prevents a vehicle from shifting out of park until the brake pedal is depressed.” Heat can apparently build up around the gearshift in a way that can cause the shift interlock device to fail.

Fiat Chrysler says it is developing a fix for the transmission rollaway problem in the 1.8 million affected Ram trucks, but in the meantime warns customers to use their parking brakes as a fail-safe against Ram trucks slipping out of gear and moving without a driver’s control.

The affected vehicles include variations of Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Ram 3500, Ram 4500, and Ram 5500 pickups in model years from 2010 to 2017. Fiat Chrysler is under particular scrutiny for affirmative recalls in the wake of criticism from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and others that it delayed repairs and failed to promptly notify owners of recent defects in 11 million vehicles affected by 23 different recalls. Those failures led to $105 million in fines against the company.

What to do if you Own or Lease an Affected Fiat Chrysler Ram Truck

If you or a family member have been injured in a Fiat Chrysler Ram rollaway accident, we welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your case. Please call vehicle injury lawyer Fabrice Vincent toll-free at 1 800-541-7358 or use our online rollaway injury contact form. We will promptly review your case for free, confidentially, and in a caring and compassionate manner.

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