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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.

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