Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Investigates Fiat Chrysler’s Recall of Vehicles for Transmission Problems Linked to Rollaway

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Attorney Advertising. Attorneys from Keller
Rohrback L.L.P
. are investigating automaker Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles’ (“Fiat Chrysler”) (BIT:FCA)
recall of 1.1 million vehicles worldwide due to injuries arising from
problems with the cars’ electronically controlled shift levers.


The electronically controlled shift levers return to the same position
after each manipulation, causing confusion by drivers who are used to
conventional transmissions that engage when the car is shifted. Based on
the cars’ non-intuitive shift mechanism, drivers mistakenly think their
vehicle is in park, when in fact it is not, and have reported that their
vehicle rolled away when they exited the vehicle. Rollaway incidents
like these may result in serious injury to the driver, passengers,
pedestrians, or property in the path of the rolling vehicle. To date,
hundreds of such incidents have been reported and dozens of people have
been injured as a result.

Fiat Chrysler commented that, “unless due care is taken, drivers may
draw erroneous conclusions about the status of their vehicles,” a
statement that appears to shift blame onto car owners for the dangerous
effects of their vehicle’s transmission display. However, testing by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
found that the “shifter is not
intuitive and provides poor tactile and visual feedback to the driver,
increasing the potential for unintended gear selection.”

The automaker announced
on Friday, April 22, 2016, it would be recalling an estimated 811,586
midsize SUVs and full-size cars in the U.S. The affected model-years
include the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 Sedans and
2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles. Car owners have
not yet been notified that service is available.

If you or a family member owns or leases one of the affected vehicles,
please contact attorneys Amy
William-Derry
, Ryan
McDevitt
, or Gretchen
Freeman Cappio
at 800-776-6044 or via email at consumer@kellerrohrback.com
to discuss our investigation and your potential claims against Fiat
Chrysler. Additional information is available at www.krcomplexlit.com.

With offices in Seattle, Phoenix, New York, Ronan, Oakland, and Santa
Barbara, Keller Rohrback L.L.P. serves as lead and co-lead counsel in
class actions throughout the country. Our Complex Litigation Group
offers its expertise to clients nationwide, and our trial lawyers have
obtained judgments and settlements on behalf of clients in excess of $7
billion. The firm currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
in the consolidated consumer lawsuits against Volkswagen for the sale of
diesel vehicles with “defeat devices.”

Attorney Advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Contacts

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
Amy
William-Derry
, Ryan
McDevitt
, or Gretchen
Freeman Cappio
, Attorneys
800-776-6044
consumer@kellerrohrback.com
www.krcomplexlit.com

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