The much publicized death of actor Anton Yelchin has prompted the accelerated recall of over 1 million vehicles including the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2014 Grand Cherokee as well as the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 vehicles manufactured in 2012 through 2014.
The issue of the safety defect, is apparently being resolved by a software update, which is being provided to the thousands of dealers throughout the US. According to Manufacturing.net:
The recalled vehicles have an electronic shift lever that toggles forward or backward to let the driver select the gear instead of moving along a track with notches for each gear like a conventional shifter. A light shows which gear is selected, but to get from drive to park, drivers must push the lever forward three times. If a vehicle is in drive and the lever is pressed just once, it goes into neutral and could roll if on a slope.
Dealers will be able to load the software into the vehicles, and it will automatically shift the cars into park if the driver’s door opens while the engine is running. The software will repair vehicles with 3.6-liter and 5.7-liter engines, which account for the bulk of those being recalled. FCA said software availability for the rest of the vehicles is “imminent.”