• May 14, 2010
There's been a lot of talk about unintended acceleration over the past few months, but what about "unintended movement?" This new phrase, coined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, applies to recent Chrysler products affected by a problem where drivers might be able to remove the key from the ignition before the vehicle is shifted into park, which could cause the vehicle to run away on its own. (We don't know why anyone would take the key out before putting the vehicle in park, but still, cars need to be idiot-proof these days.)

This latest recall affects more than 40,000 2010 model year Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles, including the 300, Challenger, Charger, Ram, Commander and outgoing Grand Cherokee, USA Today reports. Owners should be able to have this problem fixed at their local dealership, free of charge.

[Source: USA Today]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      to be honest i do that ALL the time in my moms 04 impala. im not used to autos so i stop and try to pull the key out and.. oops. i always forget to shift it back into park.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dunno, I often try and pull the key fob out of the dash as I'm rolling into a parking space at 2mph in neutral. And if I leave the car in gear and it stops while my foot is off the gas I get that rather unpleasant and embarrassing lurch and stall.

      Oh wait, I drive a stick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I did it all the time with my '91 Dodge Spririt R/T.....never had mine get away from me....can't wait to get that thing running again...lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the first car I ever owned, a 1966 Chevy Malibu. I could take the key out of the ignition while I was driving the car. Actually that came in handy a few times when one of my passengers needed the pocket knife I had on my keychain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Certainly this shouldn't happen. But if it does happen, it's your own damn fault.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I swear, out of 100 recalls 3 are ZOMFG why'd you let cars like that leave the factory, 5 are like meh, stuff happens at least you're standing by your product, and 92 are like, what's the deal?

        I was on the NHSTA website proving to my mom that her toyota highlander was fine and I noticed someone filled a complaint against the Toyota Highlander. It turns out this guy used to be able to hear his blinker click but now he can't hear it click when the vehicle goes faster than 30 mph this is unsafe because he can't be expected to manage his blinker and he's only 62 years old.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dunno, this is pretty standard in cars up through the '60s and '70s... you can start the car, then pull the key out and let it idle while you ran back into the house if you forget something.

        Handy feature, especially when the engine you'd be turning on and off is a carbureted 6.-something liter V8.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Wiggy

        No, no PJ is correct. I had a friend who’s mom had a brand new 1964 Ford Falcon and she would get in the car, start it, and put the key in her purse. I remember asking my dad why he couldn’t do that in our VW Bug
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm starting to get real tired of recalls...
        • 4 Years Ago
        anyone else notice that FoMoCo has gotten no recalls? is ford just that good or am i missing somthing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "a problem where drivers might be able to remove the key from the ignition before the vehicle is shifted into park"

      That does not sound like a problem to me. I take the key out of my Wrangler all the time while it's still rolling. I take the key out of my Wagoneer while it is in drive and the engine is still running. Never once has this "cause[d] the vehicle to run away on its own". If this happens to you, that means you do not know how to operate a vehicle and you need to start taking the bus. What a stupid recall
      • 4 Years Ago
      You could do this on cars about 4 decades ago. The 'rents' 64 Impala allowed it.
      iJohn
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what exactly Jeremy Clarkson pointed out on his North American Visit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they need to recall drivers too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess the NHTSA finally got around to watching Top Gear.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34yCk723YNM
        • 4 Years Ago
        Key fob, nothing to put in the ignition. When the car gets out of the range of the fob, it shuts you down. Supposed to only be limited to a few feet. I am pretty sure that prank was another of their embellishments (not knocking the show - I love it)...

        This isn't the same thing. =/
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just assumed this was a Chrysler trademark. Just like the Ford trademark is to solve this by making you press a stupid level to get your keys out.
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