Chrysler launches Jeep recall related to transmission problem

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Chrysler will recall about 470,000 Jeeps because of a problem with the transmission. The recall affects about 295,000 vehicles in the U.S.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the transmission could shift from park into neutral by itself

Affected models are Jeep Commanders from model years 2006 to 2010 and Grand Cherokees from model years 2005 to 2010.

Chrysler has reported 26 accidents and two injuries related to the problem. The automaker attributes the issue to software that could instruct the transmission to suddenly shift into neutral when the vehicle starts.

The company has developed new software to fix the problem. Testing was completed for the fix in March, but Chrysler didn’t decide to launch a recall until this month. Owners will be notified starting in June, and Chrysler will fix the problem at no cost. Anyone with questions should contact the automaker at 1-800-247-9753.