The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching an investigation into one million Fiat Chrysler Ram pickup trucks and SUVs for roll-away crashes. Fred Katayama reports.
U.S. regulators are launching an investigation into about one million Fiat Chrysler vehicles. This after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received reports of 25 crashes and nine injuries from vehicles rolling away while being parked. At issue - the 2013-2016 model year Ram 1500 pickup truck and 2014-2016 Dodge Durango SUV. Those vehicles feature a rotary dial for shifting gears. Autotrader senior analyst Michelle Krebs says automakers need to better educate their customers. (SOUNDBITE VIA SKYPE) MICHELLE KREBS, SENIOR ANALYST, AUTOTRADER, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We're seeing all these reinventions of the shifter, and people are used to doing it a certain way. They push it into power, put it into drive, they put it into reverse. We're seeing a lot of reinvention. Lincoln, for example, does push buttons, Fiat-Chrysler does rotary dial. There is others that you have to push a button then move the lever. So, I think, we need to educate consumers as to how it works and, if you're going to reinvent something that people are very familiar with, you'd better make sure it works perfectly." Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is cooperating with the investigation. Earlier this year, the company announced a recall for 1.1 million cars and SUVs worldwide. That involved a different shifter that was also causing roll away issues.