Fiat Chrysler (Jeep) Gear Shifter Rollaway Defect

CASE NUMBER: 2:16-md-02744-DML-DRG
COURT: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
STATUS: Active
DATE FILED: 06/23/16

Do you own a 2012-2014 Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300, or 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a defective ZF Shifter? 

You may be entitled to compensation for this dangerous design defect. Fill out the form to find out your rights »

Affected Vehicles

  • 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2012-2014 Chrysler 300
  • 2012-2014 Dodge Charger


Hagens Berman has filed a national class-action lawsuit representing owners of affected vehicles. The lawsuit states that Fiat Chrysler fraudulently concealed and failed to remedy the defect. According to news reports, 811,000 U.S. vehicles are affected by a dangerous design defect that can cause cars to roll away after they are parked, causing injuries, accidents and other serious unintended consequences. The defect is rooted in the vehicles' ZF eight-speed electronic shifters, which provide insufficient feedback to the driver to indicate whether the car has been placed in “park.” Rollaways of vehicles inadvertently left out of “park” have reportedly caused hundreds of crashes, dozens of injuries and a fatality.

Fiat Chrysler has initiated a recall of 1.1 million cars worldwide equipped with the defectively designed shifter, including 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300s and 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees, but has failed to remedy the defect.

IMPORTANT: Despite the recall, many of those who have had their vehicles repaired by FCA report that the repair was ineffective such that the vehicles continue to rollaway or experience incidents in which it is not in the intended gear. Some owners have reported experiencing a rollaway for the first time after the repair. Moreover, dealerships have reported that the first recall remedy was ineffective, and many of the Class Vehicles have had to be fixed more than once. Given the continued risk of a rollaway incident, we urge consumers to use extreme caution when operating these vehicles – even if the recall work has been performed. 

Unlike traditional automatic transmission shifters, the ZF shifter in the affected vehicles returns to the same position after each driver input. There’s no physical “park” or “drive” gear lever position, only a light that changes from D to P. At least 41 injuries have been reported, including the recent death of actor Anton Yelchin.


Hagens Berman is one of the most successful auto litigation law firms in the U.S. and is presently leading nationwide cases against Volkswagen, GM, Mercedes and Fiat Chrysler for use of diesel emissions-cheating software. Our firm’s independent research outpaces even government agencies, and we are the only firm dedicating its own resources to uncovering new instances of fraud. Hagens Berman has also taken on other automakers on behalf of consumers throughout the United States for safety defects and negligence, and your claim will be handled by attorneys experienced in automotive consumer law.


There is no cost or fee whatsoever involved in joining this lawsuit. In the event Hagens Berman or any other firm obtains a settlement that provides benefits to class members, the court will decide a reasonable fee to be awarded to the class' legal team. In no case will any class member ever be asked to pay any out-of-pocket sum.


If you own or lease an affected Jeep, Chrysler or Dodge vehicle, fill out the form now to find out your consumer rights to potential compensation

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11/15/17: Court Denies Bulk of FCA’s Motion to Dismiss

In a 68-page ruling, the court harshly denied FCA’s motion to dismiss the first amended consolidated master class-action complaint. The court held that the vast majority of plaintiffs’ claims were adequately pled and ordered plaintiffs to file an amended complaint. Read the order here  »

11/09/16: New Personal Injury Complaint Filed

Hagens Berman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Read the complaint »

10/05/16: Consolidated Cases Moved to Eastern District of Michigan

On Oct. 5, 2016, the Multi-District Litigation Panel consolidated the multiple nationwide cases brought against Fiat Chrysler (FCA) for the Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge gear shifter rollaway defect, and assigned the cases to a federal judge in the Eastern District of Michigan, where FCA is headquartered.

Next, the court will move to determine which firms or attorneys will receive a leadership position in the national, consolidated case.

09/29/16: New Personal Injury Complaint Filed

Hagens Berman has filed a personal injury complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Read the complaint »

08/26/16: CASE UPDATE 08/26/16

Hagens Berman filed a complaint against FCA US LLC on behalf of John J. Malone, a 69-year-old retired Massachusetts State Trooper, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

The suit claims that the rollaway defect in Mr. Malone's 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee has caused him serious physical injury. The complaint states that Jeep knew that the ZF Shifter could lead to vehicle rollaway incidents but didn't disclose the defect to Mr. Malone, so Mr. Malone operated the vehicle on the reasonable, but mistaken, belief that his Jeep Grand Cherokee was safe to operate as designed.