Following the death of actor Anton Yelchin on Sunday who was crushed by his own Jeep Grand Cherokee when it rolled down his drive and pinned him against his brick mailbox, Fiat Chrysler has sent its dealers new software.
This will allow them to install a software-based “Auto Park” feature in the 2014-15 Grand Cherokee, intended to prevent the vehicles from moving when the driver’s side door is open and the shifter is not in park.
According to Reuters, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV chief of Jeep brand Mike Manley said software fixes for 1.1 million vehicles that were recalled for rollaway risks, including the Grand Cherokee, will be available by the end of this month.
The automaker said it will begin notifying owners of the recalled SUVs beginning Friday to schedule appointments with dealers.
The updated software package requires technicians to reprogram the vehicle’s power control module, transmission control module, radio frequency hub and instrument panel cluster.
The software upgrade is available for the 2014-2015 Grand Cherokee outfitted with the standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine, as well as the 5.7-liter V-8 engine.
In April, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.1 million vehicles worldwide over the monostable shifter issue, including the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300 and 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The earlier recall was linked to 41 injuries, 212 crashes and 308 reports of property damage, and came after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation in August into the issue and upgraded the probe in February.
Yelchin was the first death reported to be linked to the issue.
A monostable shifter has just three positions: front, middle and back. The shifter rests in the middle, and the user cycles electronically up or down through park, reverse, neutral, drive and low.
Monostable shifters in the vehicles were replaced with traditional gated shifters, beginning with the Charger 300 in 2015 followed by the Grand Cherokee in 2016.
Maserati will also be recalling 13,000 vehicles in relation to the monoshifter related rollaway danger, following a class-action lawsuit filed yesterday against Fiat Chrysler for concealing the safety issue.