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Grand CherokeeJeep Grand Cherokees Slipping into Reverse???
Posted by mike on 2001/8/6 0:00:00 (1170) reads



A few weeks ago we heard a report from on of our readers regarding a problem with their Jeep Grand Cherokee suddenly slipping from park into reverse. Here's what the reader had to say:

On July 4 I heard a radio broadcast regarding jeep grand Cherokee Laredo between 1996 and 2000 [sic] popping out of park into reverse. There were apparently 35-80 reports of such. My 1998 jeep did do this and I was run over. I want to get in touch with others who have had the same problem. I want to know if there is an attorney who is accumulating the data to get it to Daimler Chrysler so they will check the part of the vehicle that may be at fault, and I want to get in contact with anyone who can get out to the public a plea for those who have had the same problem to come forward.

Over the past few days, major news outlets have been picking up on the story primarily because the NHTSA has opened up an investigation. Here's a snippet from a report on MSNBC.com:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received at least 48 complaints of what it calls "inadvertent rollaway in reverse" involving 1995 through 1999 model Grand Cherokees, according to agency officials.

No deaths have been reported, but the incidents have led to 32 crashes and 14 injuries, according to reports to the agency. Most of the incidents allegedly occurred while the sport utility vehicles were idling with the gearshift in the "park" position.

NHTSA spokesman Rae Tyson said Wednesday that the investigation was opened late last Monday "because of an apparent problem with vehicles jumping out of park with or without the motors running."

Tyson confirmed that the agency had received complaints that included one incident involving a woman’s leg being crushed and another in which a motorist was pinned against a pickup truck.

While a recall has not been announced, the problem is apprently widespread enough to warrant an NHTSA investigation. Other major news outlets that are covering the story include:

Yahoo News (Reuters)

Yahoo News (Associated Press)

The Detriot News

Los Angeles Times

If you have any information regarding this problem or have experienced it yourself, please email us at jeepnews@OneToMany.com.

Update (8/7/01)

Here's DaimlerChrysler's official response to the NHTSA investigation:

Chrysler Group is fully cooperating with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the preliminary evaluation on 1995-1999 Jeep Grand Cherokees.

The investigation is still in the early stages, where we are analyzing the data. The Chrysler Group is unaware of any problems with the Jeep Grand Cherokee that would cause this type of complaint.

In response to today's Los Angeles Times story on this matter, NHTSA has NOT expanded the investigation. The agency merely stated there have been additional complaints, which is not unusual with added publicity. As a normal course of this process, all information related to this investigation is being analyzed and shared with NHTSA.

The Chrysler Group instructs drivers to remove the key when leaving the vehicle which is a sure way to avoid inadvertent vehicle movement. This action assures the vehicle is in park since the key can only be removed in the park position.

Update (8/10/01)

The number of complaints has risen... From Yahoo! News:

Federal regulators now have 145 complaints about Jeep Grand Cherokees that lurch into reverse on their own, with about 40 injuries and at least one death linked to the vehicle, an official said Friday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked the Chrysler side of DaimlerChrysler AG  for more information about 1.3 million Grand Cherokees built between 1995 and 1999, agency spokesman Rae Tyson said Friday. The automaker has until Sept. 11 to respond.

NHTSA opened a preliminary evaluation of the vehicle last month, when it had 48 complaints of Grand Cherokees shifting into reverse on the own after idling in park. The 145 complaints now include about 100 accidents blamed on the vehicle.

The Los Angeles Times said Friday it had found two other deaths linked to the vehicles that were not in the NHTSA complaints. In both cases, people were pinned by the vehicle after it was left unattended and idling in park.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Andre Escaravage
Our 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited did jump into reverse, raced backward, and caused about $3,000 damage to the rear door and fender. The only way to prevent this is to keep one foot on the brake at all times when going from Park to Reverse. It can be a serious problem.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Sonny Johnson
here is my comment Well, I have 2 Grand Wagoneers, a 1987,(45,000 miles) a 1990, (110,000, a 84 J-10, 130,000). All these vehicles have at one time or another jumped into R, due to poorly designed selector linkage. One totaled a Saturn in a parking lot a couple of years back (no damage to Jeep), and yesterday the 90 jumped to R with a trailer attatched, ran over my steel toed boot and jacknifed and did over $1000.00 + damage to rear quarter panal. The problem is not unique to later models. Seems to be a way of life. I paid for the Saturn...I do wonder if I should contact an atorney. Am the only one with this problem in the older Jeeps?? Keep having them adjusted but a real hazard.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Andre
Another problem with the 1999 Grand Jerokee Limited: At low speed, the transmission disengages (slips) then reingages with a loud bang with acceleration resuming, Anyone have an idea what this might be. DC says this is normal but with the sound of things, it doesn't appear normal to us.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: DavenKY
DC has done a wondeful job "controlling" the media over this story. Every news story and television report I've seen on the recall is headlined to make it sound like it's the XJ Cherokee and not the Grand. A few reports I've seen have even used pictures of an XJ right along beside the story. I guess if DC is going to undergo a bunch of safety questions over a car model, it's best to put the blame on a model no longer around.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: joe that ownes a jeep
here is my comment I have owned 3 jeeps in the past ten years & it has never happend to Me, sad to say I share the same name as Joe but at lest I drive a jeep. Kia's suck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: P = Park
Most Jeep owners know how to put a car in park and hence have not had the problem. Better question is how one can proudly admit ownership of a Kia.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: joe@nos.com
Where are all the so called "hard core jeep owners???" on this article. All hiding? I'm glad I got a Kia!!!

Joe "always" Nos

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Gary
here is my comment
It happen a few months ago to me with my XJ Cherokee. I ran to stop it, opened the door and stuck my foot in to hit the brake, but was literally stabbing in the dark and hit the gas. The door got caught against a large bush, keeping it from running me over, but it did $1200 damage to the Jeep.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Sean M.
I agree with the previous post, you should always use the "parking" brake. With nearly 3 MILLION XJ Cherokee vehicles produced over the past 18 years you think a problem like this would have come up more. I say driver error/stupidity! BTW, i too would not admit to owning a KIA, i won't even ride in that Korean
AP!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Doctor Baseball
This is a very serious thing to the extent that it is happening, but it can be largely avoided by putting on the parking brake as well as shifting into Park - and, unless it is absolutely necessary to keep the engine running, shutting it off.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: XJKen
I seem to remember a similar story with some Audi cars, can't remember the
model. After a bunch of inquires and law suits it was determined to be mostly
a case of driver error. I believe that case involved sudden unintended
acceleration. To this day I have a hard time believing that there was not a
problem with those cars. However, I have witnessed quite a few acts of
stupidity by other members of this human race (never me of course). I would
hope that if there is a problem with the vehicles that Jeep will do the right thing
and fix it. You have to keep in mind that with the number of Jeeps with that
transmission on the roads and the number of miles driven it would seem to
be very small number of incidents. I realize that is very little solace to the
people that it has happened to.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: XJKen
I seem to remember a similar story with some Audi cars, can't remember the
model. After a bunch of inquires and law suits it was determined to be mostly
a case of driver error. I believe that case involved sudden unintended
acceleration. To this day I have a hard time believing that there was not a
problem with those cars. However, I have witnessed quite a few acts of
stupidity by other members of this human race (never me of course). I would
hope that if there is a problem with the vehicles that Jeep will do the right thing
and fix it. You have to keep in mind that with the number of Jeeps with that
transmission on the roads and the number of miles driven it would seem to
be very small number of incidents. I realize that is very little solace to the
people that it has happened to.
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