Leaked documents detail the expedited fix.
FCA is moving its ass big time to fix the confusing shifters in its Jeep Grand Cherokee in the wake of 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin’s death. Yelchin passed away earlier in the week when his 2015 Grand Cherokee rolled down his driveway, pinning him between a post and his car. Yelchin’s car was under a voluntary recall for its shifter and its not known yet whether or not he had brought his in for servicing. But new documents obtained by Jalopnik show that a solution is on the way sooner rather than later.
It’s worth noting that the document from FCA that Jalopnik was sent is dated June 2016, so we don’t actually know if it was issued before or after Yelchin’s death. Anyway, said solution is an “Auto Park” The fix was initially going to be ready by August but appears to have been expedited. A total of 1.1 million vehicles are part of this recall but the first cars to get it will be 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees with either a 3.6-liter V6 or 5.7-liter V8 engine. That amounts to 536,000 of the 1.1 million FCA cars caught up in the recall; 2012-2013 Chrysler 300s and Dodge Chargers are also part of the recall, as are Grand Cherokees with 3.0-liter diesel V6s and 6.4-liter V8s. Fixes for the other models will come in late July or August.
FCA declined to comment when asked about the document detailing the Auto Park fix. But Jalopnik called a dealership service department in Seattle which confirmed that it had received the same document the day before. Whether or not the fix was scheduled before the tragic death of Anton Yelchin is up in the air—as is whether or not the shifter is to blame for his death—but regardless it’s nice to see an automaker moving quickly on a recall for once.