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U.S. investigates 1 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles for roll-away crashes

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching an investigation into about 1 million newer Fiat Chrysler Ram pickup trucks and SUVs.

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This comes after receiving complaints the vehicles rolled away after being parked.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said it is cooperating with the government investigation that covers the 2013-2016 model year Ram 1500 pickup truck and 2014-2016 Dodge Durango SUV.

The government said it has reports of 25 crashes from owners alleging vehicle roll-away and nine injuries and urged drivers to set the parking brake before exiting the vehicles.

The vehicles under investigation have an electronic rotary control for driver gear selections that is different to the shifter that Fiat Chrysler recalled earlier this year for roll away issues.

In April, Fiat Chrysler recalled more than 1.1 million cars and SUVs worldwide because the vehicles may roll away after drivers exit.

The problem in the recalled Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs has been tied to at least 68 injuries, 266 crashes and 308 reports of property damage, the government said.

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