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  1. The government has closed their investigation into FCA’s electronic gear shifters after the automaker agreed to a software update recall.

    But that doesn't mean they like the design change, saying the "monostable shifter isn't consistent and simply isn't easy to use."

    And yet, it appears at this point the only thing drivers have to look forward to is more chimes and audible warnings.

    keep reading article "How Many Accidents Have Electronic Gear Shifters Caused?"
  2. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into e-Shift last summer.

    They have since upgraded the investigation to an engineering analysis and have included the Dodge Charger.

    "NHTSA says to date, there are 306 incidents of Jeep Grand Cherokees rolling away after owners believed the SUVs were shifted into "Park." The 306 rollaway incidents resulted in 117 alleged crashes and 28 injuries. Those injuries include pelvic fractures, broken kneecaps, a ruptured bladder, busted ribs, sprained knees, trauma to the legs, lacerations to the face and various other injuries."…

    keep reading article "Dodge Charger Added to FCA e-Shift Investigation"
  3. There are three things, according to owners, that happen when you press the brake pedal in the 2013 Dodge Dart.

    Spoiler alert: none of them involve stopping.

    1. The brake pedal becomes very difficult to press
    2. There are audible hisses and pops
    3. Braking distances increase when driving

    In fact, some owners say the only way to stop their car is to use the emergency brake (just don't mention that to these 2 owners who say their parking brake doesn't work).…

    keep reading article "2013 Dart Brakes Under Investigation For Being Awful in Pretty Much Every Way"
  4. Has your 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan engine ever stalled after filling up the gas tank?

    A petition filed last month to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims the van suffers from a gas tank defect.

    To be fair, I tend to stall after a big turkey dinner as well, but car's aren't supposed to do the same thing. Yes, it's a double standard, Grand Caravan -- but them's the breaks.…

    keep reading article "Why Does the Grand Caravan Stall After Filling Up the Gas Tank?"
  5. "Let's take the truck for a spin" is taking on a whole new meaning for owners of the 2005 Dodge Ram 1500.

    There are numerous reports of the rear differential locking up or the driveshaft separating due to loose pinion nuts, causing the truck to spin out of control. About half of the complaints happened at speeds over 50mph, leaving owners with both a mechanic and a dry cleaner bill (if you catch my drift).

    Read more about the issue and the terrifying tales of owners.…

    keep reading article "Is Dodge Indifferent About Their Differentials?"
  6. With a manual transmission, you shouldn't be able to start the engine without depressing the clutch first.

    It's a simple safety feature that 110,000 Dodge Ram trucks might be missing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation, but owners who reported the problem years ago are wondering what took so long -- especially after a child sadly died when a truck's engine was started unexpectedly.

    A faulty clutch interlock switch is possibly to blame for allowing the engine to crank when it shouldn't, but we won't know for sure until the investigation moves forward.…

    keep reading article "Investigation Into Faulty Clutch Interlock System in Ram Trucks"

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