Sunday, January 12, 2020

So, what happens with a new car when the switch breaks that tells the computers to disable the transmission?

That "door isn't closed" switch.

Jeeps have a conniption fit if the damn door is open and you shift into drive or reverse.


  1. I just love computer age automobiles. Because we are all so dumb we need a car to instruct us, and make us safe.

  2. Didn't the guy that played Chekov from the newer startrek movies get killed by his Jeep, pinned him against his mailbox? Supposedly it was something about the selector being less than unmistakable at a glance.

    I think fixing the damn selector would have been a better solution than adding another switch to an already dodgy process. but I'm not in that industry and I'm completely talking out my rear.

    1. His 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was in neutral when he opened the door, in June of 2016, and got out, went to his mailbox, and the vehicle succumbed to gravity and rolled downhill, pinning him to the mailbox, killing him through internal injuries.
      The gear selector switch was not in park, and that is either his fault for not putting it into Park, or the design of the selector being so ambiguous when used that the operator isn't able to tell what gear they've placed the transmission into.
      Jeep had put out a recall on the gear selector 2 months prior.
      CBS News said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was investigating more than 850,000 vehicles, mostly Jeep Grand Cherokees whose shifters lacked the typical grooves and sensation of moving the car into park, drive or reverse.

      Government investigators found the transmissions were “not intuitive” and provided “poor tactile and visual feedback to the driver, increasing the potential for unintended gear selection,” CBS News reported.