The Fiat-Chrysler group recently announced a recall of three popular car models including the Chrysler 300, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger. This large-scale recall is expected to affect over 1 million vehicles, many of which are in the United States.
These vehicles are running normally, but the design flaw in the shift levers have made them surprisingly dangerous. Many drivers have been leaving their vehicles without first putting the car properly into the park gear due to the confusing nature of the levelers. The level itself remains in the same position regardless of what gear the car is in. Therefore, it is an easy mistake to make. The only indication of a shift in gear is the change in the display lights.
There have been over 300 reports of vehicles rolling away and over 100 accidents. Injury ranges from cuts, scrapes, and bruising to a fractured pelvis and broken ribs. Victims who sustain injury due to a design flaw can sue for damages, but a recall does not guarantee compensation. Victims must still prove that the product was defective and that the defect is what ultimately caused the injuries.
Consumers with a vehicle on the recall list should take certain precautions to avoid accidents. Recalled vehicles can be taken in and given modified warning systems to better indicate what gear the car is currently in. Newer versions of the listed vehicles have already been updated to include a more intuitive gear shift to help prevent any future accidents and injuries from occurring.
If you are injured in a car accident that could be the result of mechanical problems, contact Spector Injury & Accident Lawyers to be your Baltimore car accident lawyer.