First, it was Fiat Chrysler Automobiles products with a tendency to roll away, evenÂ after owners placed them in park. Then, Ford decided to make sure vehicles with rotary shift knobs didn’t do the same thing, offering a “Return to Park” feature on the 2017 Fusion.
Two weeks ago, it was FCA’s turn again. The automaker found itself the focus of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation after more reported rollaways, this time with rotary-shift Rams and Dodges.
According to Bloomberg, NHTSA opened a preliminary evaluation on December 16 after reports of rollaways with certain JLR models. The tentative probe covers the 2012-2014 Range Rover Evoque and 2013 Jaguar XF â€” a potential total of 39,000 vehicles.
Seven complaints landed on the agency’s doorstep, with owners claiming the vehicles rolled away after being placed in park. The parking brake had not been set on any of the vehicles. Â In one of the incidents, an owner was pinned against a garage wall. Four other people were injured by the opened door of a rolling vehicle.
Both models, like the Fusion and FCA vehicles, come equipped with a rotary dial gearshift. While preliminary evaluations are only meant to determine of a problem exists, if NHTSA does find a defect, a recall could be in order.