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Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch Problems of Dodge Grand Caravan



Dodge Grand Caravan owners have reported 44 problems related to automatic transmission park/neutral start switch (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan 1
Failure Date: 03/30/2008

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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 2
Failure Date: 04/16/2004

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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 3
Failure Date: 11/01/2002

Consumer stated that while driving transmission failed causing vehicle to stall. Dealer diagnosed and replaced transmission "line", "converter" and "solenoid". Ph.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 4
Failure Date: 05/02/2002

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan 5
Failure Date: 01/26/2002

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan 6
Failure Date: 11/01/2001

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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan 7
Failure Date: 08/06/2001

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.

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Failure Date: 06/22/2001

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan 9
Failure Date: 06/11/2001

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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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 10
Failure Date: 06/01/2001

Vehicle can go into any gear without pressing on brakes. Consumer has contacted dealer. Please provide any further information.


 
car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 11
Failure Date: 05/17/2001

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.

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Failure Date: 05/13/2001

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 13
Failure Date: 05/04/2001

Consumer able to shift from park to drive without applying brakes.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 14
Failure Date: 05/03/2001

Vehicle was parked, motor running, consumer bumped gear shift and vehicle went into reverse. Brake were not applied.

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Failure Date: 05/01/2001

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!.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 16
Failure Date: 04/17/2001

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 17
Failure Date: 02/01/2001

Consumer is able to shift gears without applying brakes.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 18
Failure Date: 08/23/2000

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?!?.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 19
Failure Date: 08/01/2000

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan 20
Failure Date: 07/14/2000

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 21
Failure Date: 06/15/2000

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan 22
Failure Date: 06/01/2000

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.

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Failure Date: 03/05/2000

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 24
Failure Date: 01/11/2000

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 25
Failure Date: 10/21/1999

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?.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 26
Failure Date: 08/27/1999

Perhaps this doesn't qualify as a "failure" as my gr. Caravan is not equipped with a shift interlock. However, I feel strongly that manufactureres of minivans ought to be required to equip such vehicles with shifft interlocks as all passenger cars are. Wh.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 27
Failure Date: 05/15/1999

Vehicle not designed with interlock system which would have enabled child to start vehicle, put into gear and drive into satellite dish. Nlm.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 28
Failure Date: 01/05/1999

Vehicle has an electronic automatic transmission. While driving at highway speed the vehicle threw itself into neutral while driving up to the speed of 50mph, causing the engine to rev when applying the gas. Transmission will not return to drive gear until vehicle comes to a complete stop. Dealer has been contacted.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan 29
Failure Date: 03/01/1998

While key is out of the ignition automatic transmission can move out of park position, which may cause a roll away. Dealer is aware of the problem. Please provide further information.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 30
Failure Date: 10/24/1997

Shift indicator gear does not contain a locking mechanism, allowing child to engage gear resulting in a vehicle collision.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan 31
Failure Date: 09/19/1997

Vehicle wa sparked using the gear shift. Key was removed from the ignition. After several moments, vehicle roled slightly forward, picke dup speed and crashe dinto a tree, stopping it. Gea rshift was not in park after the collision.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan 32
Failure Date: 10/01/1996

Consumers is able to put vehicle in gear without pressing brake, this could be very dangerous.

car image   Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problem of the 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan 33

Anyone can move the shift lever from park to reverse without touching the brake. This is very dangerous. No one has to be in the driver seat, a child can be in between the driver and passenger seats, take hold of the shift lever and pull it down into gear. We contacted southland Dodge and they said they all do this. This is not right. All other vehicles you have to depress the brake before you can shift out of park. This report was sent to you once before on 6/3/01 with no response.


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