Dodge Grand Caravan owners have reported 44 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 Dodge Grand Caravan based on all problems reported for the Grand Caravan.
My 10 year old daughter accidentally knocked the shifting lever out of park with out her foot on the brake. The van went in to neutral and came down our drive way and hit a snowbank coming close to a foot from hitting my home. The door hit my husband's truck and crushed the drivers side door on the van into the fender. The lift gate on the back caved in. Luckily my daughter was able to get out from between the door and the van before it rolled. It never should have shifted with out the brake being pressed.
See all problems of the 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan.
While allowing vehicle to idle in park in residential garage, driver stepped inside house and within 30 sec heard loud crash. Upon investigation found vehicles engine idle at 5500 rpms and had collided with washer/dryer 4ft in front of vehicle. Damage was to the w/d and minor scratches were found on bumper. Air bags did not deploy. Washer was total loss.
See all problems of the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan.
Consumer stated that while driving transmission failed causing vehicle to stall. Dealer diagnosed and replaced transmission "line", "converter" and "solenoid". Ph.
See all problems of the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan.
6 year old child was able to slip the gear shift in drive while vehicle was on. Vehicle rolled backwards, almost running over another sibling, and went through a fence. No injuries or fatalites manufacturer was notified, and stated it was not a saftey feature for vehicle. However, it was added to 2002 vehicle to avert gear shift from going into another gear while vehicle was in motion.
Vehicle was parked/ engine running/ emergency brake not applied, consumer was outside of vehicle when her 3 year old shifted lever from park to drive and vehicle took off. Consumer was able to stop vehicle. No injuries.
Vehicle was parked/ engine off/ emergency brake not applied, and 2 year old moved gear shift from park to third gear, causing vehicle to roll and hit a tree. No injuries.
See all problems of the 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan.
Gear shift can be moved out of park and shifted into any gears without applying brakes or without having key in ignition, causing vehicle to roll and hit neighbors parked vehicle. Estimated property damage was $3,000.
My 2 year old son turned the key and put the car in gear. When it started moving, he fell out and the car came to rest against his hip. My other two children were in the car, and had it not stopped on his leg, it would have rolled into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer truck.
Vehicle was in park. Rolled backward knocking me (standing outside on the pavement) down and rolled over my right leg and arm. .
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Vehicle can go into any gear without pressing on brakes. Consumer has contacted dealer. Please provide any further information.
While vehicle was parked could shift gear without stepping on brake pedal. Had contacted dealer for this situation because believed it was a safty problem. Consumer took vehicle to dealer and was told that shifter operation is operating to design intent.
Vehicle was turned off with keys and vehicle started rolling back, and hit a parked car. Consumer was taking vehicle in as of 14th of may to determine cause.
Consumer able to shift from park to drive without applying brakes.
See all problems of the 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan.
Vehicle was parked, motor running, consumer bumped gear shift and vehicle went into reverse. Brake were not applied.
You can move the shift lever from park to drive with out any contact with the brake. Normally in other vehicles, you must depress the brake before you can move the shift lever out of park. This is dangerous as a child could take hold of the shift lever and move it into gear causing a possible accident/injury. I contacted the dealer about the problem. Their response was not to worry about it, they all do that!.
Vehicle went into reverse when gear shifter was brushed lightly by a child because there was no shift interlock system. Dealer has been notified. Consumer was injured while attempting to stop vehicle, she was hit with the door on left side and twisted her ankle.
Consumer is able to shift gears without applying brakes.
There is no brake shift interlock on the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravans. The omission of this important safety device causes the vehicle to be able to easily shift into any gear, without having to first press the brake. This is a major safety concern with small children especially, and even for adults who may bump the gear shifter. I know that 12 states are currently involved in a class action lawsuit against daimlerchrysler regarding this safety issue. I have contacted 2 Dodge dealerships, as well as the daimlerchrysler corporation in michigan regarding this. No one will fix the problem, nor will they escalate the issue for me. One dealership said they think it will eventually become a national recall. No one should have to wait until that point in time comes (if it ever does). Their have already been at least two fatalities reported because this shift interlock was not installed on the Dodge caravan vehicle. When and or what will it take to have action on this issue?!?.
Consumer's child pulled back on gear shift and was able to put it in gear with the emergency brake on. Consumer has called to find out that it was not a safety feature. Consumer will contact manufacturer. Consumer's child was only 21 months old and was able to put the vehicle in motion. The vehicle hit a stop sign, drifted through an intersection, and was headed directly towards a telephone pole.
There are apparently no safety interlocks to prevent van from being placed in gear. This allowed my 5 year old daughter to place the car in gear without the engine running. The van rolled down the driveway, pinning my 9 year old son beneath the rear axle. Fortunetly, he was not seriously injured, though,emergency medical bills totaled $11,000. I decided to report this now after hearing of a similar incident on good morning America, in which a women was killed.
Child shifted gear out of park without engine running or applying brakes, and vehicle ran over another child. The vehicle went into gear without the engine running because there was no safety feature to prevent it.
2 year old child was able to shift vehicle out of gear without applying brakes . Consumer stated all Chrysler vehicles do not have a safety feature to prevent this from happening. Vehicle rolled over a hill into woods/ hitting trees, and going into a ditch. Caused $6000 damage. Child had a large bump on head.
In the driveway was able to move gear shift lever without stepping on the brakes. Contacted dealer, and was told that they changed the design in the 99 models.
While the van was running two year old child was able to shift gear from park to reverse without brake application, causing the van to crash through the garage . Manufacturer was notified about the problem. Manufacturer stated that there was not a standard that would keep this from happening. Please provide any further information.
The owners manual states the vehicles has a feature called brake/transmission interlock that prevents you from putting the vehicle in gear while running unless the brake is depressed. My vehicle does not have this feature. Chrysler called it a "clerical error" and said my manual is wrong. My van was ordered and mfg in oct 99. It was not the first 2000 model made. I feel any vehicle with front airbags should have this safety feature. I am scared that my 3 year old will start the van, put it into gear(quite easily done), and drive it into the garage wall. This would activate the airbags and could be fatal since he would be unrestrained. Ford and gm have this safety feature. Why did Chrysler say they have it in their manual and then say it was a clerical error?.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Power Train problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problems||
|Differential Unit problems||
|Transmission Noise problems||
|Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problems||
|Transmission Fluid Leaking problems||
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||
|Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems||