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investigating Rollaway Accidents: Transmission & “Park-to” Reverse” Defects

There have been more recent reports of American automobiles experiencing rollaway accidents, a very dangerous defect that have been noted in cars including Jeep, Dodge Durango, Ford and Range Rover models.

Various years and Chrysler models have been plagued with the defective transmission, which has been called the “park-to-reverse defect,” because the gear shift can easily be accidentally knocked into drive, reverse or neutral from the Park position. The gear apparatus is extremely vulnerable to inadvertent contact, and represents an obvious design defect.

In a recent rollaway accident report, a man had a rollaway defect accident in his 2015 Dodge Durango SXT. The accident allegedly took place after a man put the vehicle in park and the vehicle started moving forward, which hit a tree and caused injuries.

The Ford motor company has recalled nearly 350,000 F-series pickup trucks, as well as Expeditions from 2018, the majority sold in North America. The defective Vehicles may have a faulty automatic transmission gear shift cable locking clip that is not fully seated.

Dangers arise when drivers can potentially exit a vehicle believing the vehicle is in park when in reality the vehicle is still engaged in Drive, creating a risk for rollaway accidents and a risk for serious injuries.

The Ford recall covers models including 2018 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, and 2018 Ford Expedition SUVs. The SUVs are equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Ford motor issued a second recall affecting transmissions that remain in park. The second recall is much smaller, however affects certain models including F-150 trucks, Expedition SUVs, Mustangs and 2018 Lincoln Navigators.

Of almost 350,000 vehicles in the recall, 290,000 were sold in the United States. The 2018 Ford Expeditions were built at a Kentucky Truck plant in April 2017. The F-650 and F-750 vehicles were built at the Ohio Assembly Plant from April 2017 to March 2018.

Ford has acknowledged an unseated locking clip in certain vehicles. The gear shift lever may incorrectly indicate the transmission is in park. It is possible that a driver can turn off the ignition and leave the vehicle without realizing the vehicle is not in park. The primary issue with the second recall is vehicles are potentially defective with a transmission case with a missing roll pin.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati product liability lawyer and Ohio Catastrophic Injury attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of consumer product liability and automobile defect cases. 

Rollaway Accidents & Auto Defect Lawsuits

In 2016, Fiat Chrysler automobiles experienced a similar recall issue with Jeep Grand Cherokees, Chrysler 300s, and Dodge Chargers. The Fiat Chrysler recall problem involved a transmission shifter position. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Website lists information for the 2016 recall as well as the recent 2018 Ford motor recall.

Fiat-Chrysler, the maker of the Dodge Durango, recalled almost 1.8 million Ram trucks not long ago because of a “park” issue that may allow the vehicles to begin rolling forward or backward. The defective shifter on the steering column may not remain in the “park” position. At least seven people suffered injuries and a number of crashes that may be linked to the problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) fined Fiat-Chrysler $105 million for failing to promptly notify vehicle owners of recalls which included 11 million vehicles.

In 2016, Fiat-Chrysler recalled 800,000 vehicles because car and truck owners were confused by a new rocker-style gear shifter. Dodge models have an unsafe design that places the gear shift directly next to cup holders, creating a serious safety risk.

If you have suffered an injury due to a Fiat Chrysler, Ford or Dodge transmission defect, contact an experienced auto defect attorney to investigate the cause and to work for proper compensation on your behalf.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.


Questions about Rollaway Accidents & Transmission Defects

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Any kind of negligence by an individual or company that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.

Personal injury attorneys generally only will take cases on a confidential and contingency fee basis, which means your lawyer will only get paid if he or she is able to reach a settlement or positive verdict. The Lyon Firm will review your case for free and assess what compensation any plaintiff can expect through litigation.

Personal Injury cases can range from minor auto accidents to complex lawsuits filed against large corporations. The Lyon Firm has handled both with equal care. Severe injury requires legal action on occasion, no matter if the injury is the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a boating accident, workplace injury, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, or toxic exposure.

What is the Process?

Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses.  Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.

Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations.  Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.

Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.

Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.

In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.

Has My Car Been Recalled?

Consumers can follow recall news or search for current and past recalls on the Web sites of the NHTSA, as well as on other car safety advocate outlets. Look on your car windshield for a 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. Your VIN is also located on your car’s registration card.

If your car has been recalled and you have suffered an injury, contact an auto defect attorney to investigate a potential claim

Can I File an Auto Defect Lawsuit?

You may not be aware that your car is defective. It is not always obvious when your seat belt or other safety component fails to function as intended. It can take an expert in auto engineering to determine what contributed to an accident or injury.

You can contact The Lyon Firm, and we will work diligently to review your auto accident case. If an auto defect was in part responsible for an auto injury, a lawsuit can be filed and a large settlement is likely.

If negligent manufacturers and automakers are directly responsible for an auto-related injury, a product liability and personal injury lawsuit may be filed and compensation may be recovered for accident victims. Plaintiffs may seek compensation that may include property damages, past and future medical expenses, lost wages and future earnings, and pain and suffering.

The Lyon Firm takes pride in representing consumers to make America’s roads safer by holding negligent auto manufacturers accountable for auto defects that lead to accidents and injuries. When car makers fail to institute basic safety measures and fail to test auto components before releasing cars tot he public, they may be targeted in product liability lawsuits.

Did an Auto Defect Cause my Accident?

Auto defects have been known to cause accidents in tire failure, tread separation accidents, brake malfunction and sudden acceleration cases.

Auto defects may not cause every accident, but they can play an integral part in causing injury in the event of an accident. This is common in defective seat back collapse, seat belt defects and airbag defects. When these crucial safety features fail to function as they were intended.

Who is Responsible for Auto Defects?

Auto manufacturers and car makers can be held liable in auto defect lawsuits. Many automakers outsource some of their production and may not always be aware of some defects. Honda, for example, purchased all their defective airbags from Takata.

Some defective auto part suits name other defendants like negligent auto dealerships or auto repair shops who alter car parts or fail to properly repair automobiles and leave a serious safety risk.

What Cars are Defective?

The list of defective automobiles changes each year, and it is more likely that certain components are defective rather than an entire brand name. Nowadays many car makers use the same third-party suppliers, which compounds safety issues when a defective auto part is produced.

Why Hire a Product Liability Attorney?

A Cincinnati Auto Defect Lawyer can assist in not only reviewing your accident and injury case, but is able to hold large corporations accountable for the negligent actions in releasing unsafe products to the public.

Auto companies must be held liable in order to keep the roads safe in America. So not only can The Lyon Firm seek compensation for injured plaintiffs, but we can file lawsuits to punish car makers for failing to properly test their auto parts before they are sold to the public.

When car makers fail to produce reliable cars and fail to provide basic road safety features, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and product liability attorneys can hold them responsible and help mitigate injuries and future damages.

The majority of accidents and injuries on the road are preventable, but defective auto design and manufacturing defects may leave victims with huge medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and, in many cases, permanent injuries.

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 



(Brown County, Kentucky):   The Lyon Firm was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.



(Cincinnati, Ohio):  The Lyon Firm was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. This case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.