The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has begun investigating nearly half a million Jeep Grand Cherokees after receiving 14 reports from consumers that their parked Jeeps rolled away, with the engine running and with it off. NHTSA has opened a preliminary evaluation into 408,000 model year 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees after the agency was contacted more than a dozen times by drivers complaining that their vehicles rolled away after the gears were shifted into the “park” position. The Jeeps are equipped with a gear selector that, rather than working the way traditional gear selectors do, allows a selection to be made by pressing the shifter paddle forward and backward, NHTSA said. The preliminary evaluation will assess the scope, frequency and safety related consequences of the purported defect.
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