Injured Jeep Grand Cherokee Owners Sue Fiat Chrysler for Shifter Defect in Grand Cherokee

Two owners of Jeep Grand Cherokees have filed separate lawsuits against Fiat Chrysler in New Hampshire and Virginia after rollaway vehicles caused them serious harm, rolling over their legs and leading to months of physical therapy and life-changing impairment. A defective shifter in the Grand Cherokee allows these cars to be left out of park unknowingly when the driver exits the vehicle. The defective design has caused hundreds of injuries and deaths across the nation. This defect came to public prominence when Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was killed when his car rolled and pinned him against a brick mailbox.

Separate lawsuits were filed Sept. 14, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Charlottesville Division on behalf of Becky Peoples of Atkinson, New Hampshire and Daneen Holcomb of Bumpass, Virginia.

Benjamin Lajoie of Bailey & Glasser’s Boston, Massachusetts office represents Peoples, and Michael Hissam of Bailey & Glasser’s Charleston, West Virginia office represents Holcomb. Both plaintiffs are also represented by Hagens Berman, a Seattle law firm.

Unlike traditional shifters, the defective shifter returns to the same position after each manipulation, making it unclear whether the vehicle is in park, drive or reverse. Fiat Chrysler itself has said of the shifter: “Unless due care is taken, drivers may draw erroneous conclusions about the status of their vehicles.”

Jeep owners who have been injured in a rollaway accident by a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300 with defective shifters may contact Hagens Berman through this website.

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