WASHINGTON -- Chrysler said Friday it's recalling nearly 600,000 Dodge
trucks and vans.
The company said it's addressing concerns that the vehicles could shift out
of park without the key in the ignition.
Chrysler said there have been nine incidents involving injuries connected to
the problem, but no fatalities have been reported.
The recall affects 576,417 2001-2002 Dodge Dakota trucks and Dodge Durango
sport utility vehicles and the 2002 Dodge Ram pickup.
Owners will be notified starting in January 2008 and dealers will replace
the gearshift blocker and bracket assembly.
In the meantime, the company is advising vehicle owners to use the parking
brake at all times when the vehicle isn't in use.
This was on my local news station.
Does your 5spd gearshift have a 'P' on it? :)
It sounds like this recall is actually going to replace some hardware -
unlike the last "shifts out of park" recall they had last year on the Rams,
where the "fix" was to program an alarm to go off (sounding the horn) if the
driver's door was opened with the vehicle not in Park. This was essentially
operator error - people weren't putting the gearshift all the way up into
park, but far enough where the key would release.
Of course, we should all be using our parking brakes all the time, but I'm
as guilty as the next person. It was always second nature for me to do so
in my 5spd truck, but I have to specifically think about it to do so in my
Living in an area where they use salt on the roads in the winter and
chloride on the gravel roads during the summer I virtually never use
parking brakes. The cables will usually get stuck and lock the brakes
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