DODGE SUVS AND RAM TRUCKS INVESTIGATED FOR ROLLAWAYS
COMPLAINTS ABOUT SOME 2014-16 DODGE DURANGOS AND 2013-16 RAM 1500S SUDDENLY ROLLING WHILE PARKED HAVE SPURRED AN INVESTIGATION BY THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA). The issue possibly stems from the electronic rotary shifters, which are essentially dials that are used to select gears and the parking setting.
Whether it’s a technical glitch of some sort or simply driver error remains to be discovered as of this writing, and it’s unclear at this time whether the park setting is being selected and is somehow deselected through a software or mechanical failure. The other possibility is that perhaps “Park” was not selected, presumably with the driver(s) being in a hurry to exit the vehicle.
In any case, with 25 separate incidents identified through the NHTSA, Fiat Chrysler (parent company to the Dodge and RAM brands) is cooperating with the investigation and recommends that all drivers use their parking brakes.
A similar issue was recently resolved with certain other 2012-15 Fiat Chrysler vehicles with remapped software.