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My wife has a 2015 Cruze with 32k miles she asked my 14yr old son to start it to cool down. As soon as he hit the button the car went in reverse down the driveway I heard the park pin clicking all the way. My wife ran down the driveway and opened the door jumped in an hit the brake and pushed the button to kill it. I am glad no kids were behind the car or in the street and she didn't get ran over by her own car. Has anyone had this happen? It is going to the dealership on Wednesday.
 

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My wife has a 2015 Cruze with 32k miles she asked my 14yr old son to start it to cool down. As soon as he hit the button the car went in reverse down the driveway I heard the park pin clicking all the way. My wife ran down the driveway and opened the door jumped in an hit the brake and pushed the button to kill it. I am glad no kids were behind the car or in the street and she didn't get ran over by her own car. Has anyone had this happen? It is going to the dealership on Wednesday.
Wow...that's huge liability if anything would happen ?

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Uhhhhh. That's a new one.

Is it often parked on a big hill with just the parking pin to hold it?
 

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Uhhhhh. That's a new one.
No kidding. Since it sounds like it was in park and reverse at the same time, I'd have to think it's some kind of transmission malfunction. My question is if it was stuck control solenoids or if it was a TCM malfunction.
 

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Dodge Ram owners are very familiar with this condition, also known as "False Park". Chrysler was sued after several people died from incidents similar to yours.

The "solution" Chrysler came up with would be laughable if the subject wasn't so serious. The horn will "alarm" repeatedly if the driver's door is opened when the transmission is NOT in Park and one of the two following conditions is not met:

Brake is applied
Parking Brake is Set

Obviously this is to prevent the driver from inadvertently stepping away from the wheel when the transmission shift indicator shows "P" but the transmission is not actually in Park.

The downside is if you like to back up your truck to a trailer with the door open, you and everyone within 1/4 mile will have to put up with a really annoying horn. So those last few 1-2" backups to get on the trailer ball must be done with the door completely closed.
 

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From what OP says, it sounds like it was in park. At least the transmission switch thought it was. And from the sounds described, it sounds like it must have been at least "almost" in park. It most certainly shouldn't have been under power in reverse at that point.
 

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Major kudos to your wife for having the presence of mind to chase the car down and stop it. A lot of people (and women in particular) will just panic and watch, or get themselves hurt. I hope you get a definitive answer on this issue so you can have peace of mind that it's not going to happen again.
 

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A 14 year old child should not be touching a Motor vehicle under any circumstances!
In my experience when you can see over the steering wheel and reach the pedals your old enough to drive. My now 6'4" brother happened to be able to do that at 9 years old and that was in a Jeep with a 5 speed manual. Me on the other hand took until I was 11 or 12. Not as memorable when u don't win. And if it weren't for kids most small farms wouldn't make it. That's why farmers have kids so the have farm hands. Somebody needs to drive the equipment lol 4 drivers is better than 1.
 

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Haha, I used to drive around in my grandpa's old pickup and a dirt bike at that age. Super rural area.

Most kids get a learners permit @ 15.
Yes I got my permit at 15 after both classroom and drivers training. How did a ranch get into this, no mention by the OP. If there was an accident Insurance wouldn't cover your loss and the parent could face charges, I'm just saying...
 

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It has done it again on my wife twice since last night. It shows shift to park even though the car is in park then starts to go backwards.
 

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Well here in Kentucky most kids have been on a farm. My father in law has a 110 acre cattle farm and my son has been on tractors, 4 wheelers but never had a anything go when in park.
 

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She is and no remote start till it gets fixed. That is all I need her to start it and come out and the car is through a couple of fences and a couple of blocks over.
 

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Ha, no dad, just a mom, when I was 14 years old, picked up a non-running 1930 Olds for ten bucks I found on my paper route. Never told her I got it running, was sneaking out of the house at 2:00 AM. Found current license plates at a salvage yard, always remembered to take them off when done.

Managed to clock in 12,000 miles before I was old enough to get a license, was told by that DMV guy, drive very well for a 16 year old kid.

When I came home from school, my Olds was gone, mom was offered ten bucks for it and sold it, she needed the money. But shortly after, found a 41 Chevy for 15 bucks with transmission problems. Had that vacuumatic shift, found a replacement lever from Warshawski's for a $1.50 including shipping, put that in and shifted just fine. Mom did find out I was driving, sat along side of me, no more walking 2 miles to the nearest grocery store.

Ha, never did get caught, only one cop in town, knew exactly where he was.

Did get caught once, found an old washing machine with a gas engine, mounted that on an old bicycle frame. Only would do about 6 mph. Cop stopped me, yelled at me, and told me to get that thing off the road. Could not wait until I turned 16, finally legal. Even had insurance, that was expensive, 60 bucks per year. Could have purchased six vehicles for that price. Lot changed since then.
 
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