Dodge recalls Challenger over rollaway risk

7,802 units are affected by the campaign.

Dodge has issued a recall that affects 7,802 examples of the Challenger in the United States.

Drivers could shift into park while the engine is running, according to Automotive News, and "erroneously believe their vehicle is in 'park because their shifters and instrumentation may indicate so." Consequently, the company explains the affected vehicles could roll after being parked if the parking brake isn't engaged.

The issue only affects Challengers equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 engine.

The company stresses no injuries or deaths have been associated with the defect. Owners of defective cars will need to drop by their nearest dealership, where a technician will update the transmission software to "better enable drivers to engage park," according to a statement.

This isn't the first time Dodge parent company Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles has needed to fix vehicles that drive away on their own.

Last December, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported it linked the company's e-shifter to 266 crashes and 68 injuries -- including one that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin in his driveway. At the time, it explained the electronic shifter "does not provide the tactile or visual feedback that drivers are accustomed to receiving from conventional shifters."

In all, 1.1 million vehicles around the world were recalled over the shifter. The various campaigns have affected Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, and Maserati models.

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