Chrysler Town & Country owners have reported 36 problems related to automatic transmission park/neutral start switch (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chrysler Town & Country based on all problems reported for the Town & Country.
Transmission can be shifted out of park without foot on pedal or keys in ignition. Extremely dangerous.
See all problems of the 2000 Chrysler Town & Country.
Vehicle was shifted from park into drive without stepping on brake pedal. Anti-theft device was still engaged on brake pedal preventing driver from stopping at red light at intersection. In a panic, to prevent collision with other cars, driver veered off road and side swiped commercial building to stop car.
The gear shift allows the driver to position the car between park and reverse. My wife reached into the car to pull out the keys, she touched the shift lever and it popped into reverse. She was dragged down our driveway and run over.
See all problems of the 2001 Chrysler Town & Country.
Consumer states that while the vehicle was idling in park a child was able to shift the lever into resulting in a collision.
See all problems of the 1996 Chrysler Town & Country.
Consumer can change gears without pressing on brakes, and could cause a child to flip it back and forth while consumer is driving. Cause unknown. Dealer notified.
Consumer stated 20 month old child was able to to pull on gear shift lever into reverse without feet on brakes. Vehicle backed into another vehicle. Nlm.
While traveling on the highway at 70 mph, transmission went from drive to neutral without prior warning. Second time the same problem occurred while traveling 55 mph. Dealer could not duplicate the problem.
Vehicle was idling in park when the gear shift was knocked into reverse. Passenger inside vehicle quickly shifted vehicle back into park. Consumer has contacted dealer and manufacturer.
Vehicle was turned on when consumer got out to take luggage from trunk. 3 year old child hopped in front seat, put vehicle in reverse and almost killed 6 children standing behind vehicle. Manufacturer stated there was no way for them to add a lock to vehicle. Same incident happened again 1 month ago prior to this incident.
While driving at 45 mph it will shift into neutral by itself,when it slows to 5mph it shifts back into drive by itself. Has happened 3 times in last 2 years computer shows no error codes and I am told never could happen as I describe it. Not possible according to Chrysler and the dealer. So far lucky no accidents. Please help.
See all problems of the 1999 Chrysler Town & Country.
Consumer able to shift gears without applying brakes.
See all problems of the 1997 Chrysler Town & Country.
While driving between 50-70 mph vehicle slipped from drive into neutral. No sound, no prior warning. This happened again on 3 Aug 2001.
4 year old child was able to put car in gear without touching brakes.
When changing gears consumer doesn't have to put on brakes. There is no automatic interlock system.
While parked and still running, back pack on 7 year old son hit transmission shift lever and caused vehicle to run into garage. Dealer / manufacturer were not notified at this time. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.
Vehicle fails to have a brake lock entry with key in ignition. A 3 year old hit shift lever and vehicle started to roll backwards. Vehicle was not turned on at the time, but key was in ignition.
Vehicle was able to shift out of gear without applying brake pedal. Would like to know weather this complied with fmvss. Dealer / manufacturer were not notified at this time. Please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.
Vehicle was parked, and consumer's daughter fell onto gear shift and put vehicle in motion. Dealership was aware of problem.
Consumer had the vehicle running and one of the children was reaching for something and hit gear shift out of park. There was no accident, but consumer assumed there was interlock system on vehicle. Dealer stated that they were not requested by government to put interlock system into vehicle.
Gears can be changed without foot on brake.
Vehicle was parked with motor running, and 1 1/2 year old child reached over and put vehicle in reverse and vehicle moved. Consumer's foot was not on brake.
Transmission interlock system was not made with 2000 town and country van, and child was able to put car in drive without pressing brakes down. Dealer refuses to install this feature.
Most 2000 vehicles come with transmission interlock system. With this system, only way to put car in gear is to press brakes. Consumer indicated that his vehicle didn't come with transmission interlock system. His child put car in gear, and car rolled down driveway on two occasions. Front brakes pulsate when applied, deale replaced front rotors. The first incident where child shifted vehicle intor everse, there was damage to the vehicle and to the consumers home, consumer traded in the 2000 for a 2001 because it came equipped with the interlock system, consumer wants Chrysler to reimburse him for the difference he had to pay.
There is no shift interlock system in vehicle to prevent child from taking vehicle out of park gear. .
Consumer's four year old child was able to put van right into gear when key was turned to the start position. The van rolled downhill about 150 feet, through an electric fence and hit three trees. Please provide any further details.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Power Train problems||
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problems||
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||
|Transmission Noise problems||
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||
|Vehicle Shudder problems||
|Differential Unit problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||