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Keith Laing
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is calling back about 29,000 previously recalled cars and trucks with automatic gearshifts that confuse drivers into believing their vehicles were placed in park.

An additional software fix is needed. The company said the additional problems with the automatic gearshifts were noticed during a routine audit that found 3.5 percent of those already serviced did not receive all of the required software.

About 13,000 of the vehicles being recalled again are in the United States.

The original gearshift recall, which was issued in April, affected certain model-year 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, and model-year 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. The original recall was linked to 41 injuries that Fiat Chrysler said were potentially related to driver confusion about placing their cars in park while the engines were still running.

Fiat Chrysler said Wednesday that it “remains unaware of any related injuries or accidents” that are related to the new software fix. The company added that owners of the affected vehicles should “follow the operating instructions in their owners’ manuals,” noting that “the shifter functions as intended if used accordingly.”

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