February 15, 2002
Chrysler to recall approximately 1.6 million Grand Cherokees
Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Chrysler Group announced it will recall all 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees in North America to install a secondary detent system on the floor shifter mechanism to help ensure the car is in Park. The recall could affect up to 1.6 million vehicles.
“The investigation did not identify any defect in the vehicle. The Chrysler Group believes this action will resolve all concerns and close the investigation,” said Matt Reynolds, Director of Safety Compliance. “Although there are several ways for Jeep Grand Cherokee owners to assure their vehicle is in park, this improvement will provide one more way to assist customers by making it more difficult for a driver to fail to put the gear shifter fully in park.”
Current generation Jeep Grand Cherokees are not affected by this recall since the Grand Cherokee had an all-new design when it was introduced for the 1999 model year. The data analyzed in the investigation revealed a distinct difference in vehicles built from 1993-1998 and those built thereafter.
“We have been working diligently with NHTSA on this investigation and wanted to alert owners of a resolution as soon as one was identified,” said Reynolds. “Customers will shortly be notified by mail about the recall.”
In the meantime, drivers can be assured their vehicle is in park by performing any one of the following:
- Ensure that the colour indicator is in the “P” position, which indicates the vehicle is in Park
- Listen for an audible “click” when the shift lever moves into the Park position
- Ensure that the shift button releases from the indented position to the extended position when the vehicle is in Park
- Feel for the lever to reach an “end point” when it has reached the end of its movement, indicating that it is in Park
- Remove the key from the ignition when exiting the vehicle to ensure it is in Park.