FCA Monostable Shifter Lawsuit Moves Forward

Class Action Lawsuit Over FCA’s Monostable Shifter Moves Forward

Owners of certain Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® vehicles have been given the green light to proceed with their class action lawsuit against Stellantis (FCA US, LLC). The suit alleges the monostable shifter found on the 8-speed automatic transmissions contain a manufacturing defect that has lead to some 266 rollaway crashes and 68 injuries.

A Federal District Judge on Monday rendered a decision that says owners can proceed with their class-action lawsuit against FCA US, LLC.

If you own a Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep® vehicle equipped with the 8-speed automatic transmission, it’s important to know your rights and what this lawsuit could mean for affected owners.

Monostable Shifter Problems

The controversial monostable shifter was fitted in more than one million vehicles, and has been a cause for concern among owners. Some say it’s confusing to use, while others find the design difficult at best. Operator confusion is due in large part to the overall design of the electronic gearshift, since there is no physical position for drive, neutral or park. Instead, the only indication of the shifter position is a light that changes from D to P.

Video describes the process of shifting Monostable shifter into park.

However, the focus of the suit is over the 266 rollaway crashes and 68 injuries caused by the shifter, and if Stellantis was aware of a design defect but continued to sell the vehicles.

The most public of injuries from the monostable shifter was the 2016 death of “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin. According to reports, Yelchin got out of his vehicle to check his mailbox, when the vehicle rolled back down the steep incline of his driveway pinning him against a brick pillar and a metal security gate suffocating him.

FCA Recalled Affected Vehicles in 2016 Over Shifter Problems

FCA is issued a recall on 1.1 million vehicles equipped with the monostable shifter. The recall instructed dealerships to install new software that included an “auto park” feature to eliminate potential rollaway incidents.

Transmission Electronic Shift Lever Software Update
Description of Auto Park featured installed during recall #16V-240, FCA Safety Recall #S27

Which FCA Models Are Affected?

Vehicles included in the lawsuit are the following:

Status of the FCA Monostable Shifter Class Action Lawsuit

Class Action Currently Active

This is an active class action lawsuit. This suit has been brought on behalf of the Plaintiffs and a class of current and former Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Jeep Grand Cherokee owners.

Case No. 2:16-md-02744-DML-DRG was filed in the United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division.

Questions About This Lawsuit?

MyCarVoice.com is not counsel or the settlement administrator in this class action investigation. Our goal is to inform owners of these vehicles of the current lawsuit.

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