While ultimately it's the driver's responsibility, this design doesn't take into account what Americans are used to when it comes to shift controls. This design may be perfectly designed for Europe (I don't know) but it certainly doesn't conform to the shifter behavioral design in the US, making it a major failure in human factors engineering in the US market.It highlights a MAJOR flaw in MANY drivers here in this country, they DO NOT use the parking brake!!! They rely on the tiny park pawl inside the transmission to hold the vehicle even on steep inclines!!! I have seen this time and time again where drivers solely use the PARK gear to secure the car and do not use the PARKING BRAKE!!! Even if the vehicle is left in drive or reverse it should not roll at all with the parking brake set. We use our parking brakes properly and have taught our son to do so as well. If Anton had this training we likely would still have him here today. Driver responsibility is something sorely lacking these days, I loved the kid in Star Trek and am bummed that he died, but the goofy shifter design is not at fault here in my opinion.
Not to be crass but I think that automotive engineers have made U.S. drivers lazy and inattentive at the wheel. We got ABS, lane departure warning, cruze control that will slow down automatically when approaching other traffic, brake assist that adds extra brake force when it detects a panic stop, and one that chafs me is the auto parallel park! We had to know how to do that when I got my license! It really is taking Darwin out of the equation and letting stupid poeple live. And there are a lot more safety things in new cars that I haven't even listed.While ultimately it's the driver's responsibility, this design doesn't take into account what Americans are used to when it comes to shift controls. This design may be perfectly designed for Europe (I don't know) but it certainly doesn't conform to the shifter behavioral design in the US, making it a major failure in human factors engineering in the US market.
You purchased a vehicle, which you should have test drive before purchasing. It CAME with an owners manual. You could have NOT bought the car. This is a plain OPERATOR ERROR! I'm not saying kill all stupid people, I merely suggest remove all warning tags and let things sort themselves out. It sounds harsh, but some new vehicles are coming without a shifter, it is simply push button on the dash. This recall is not due to a safety concern due to faulty parts, it's due to stupidity on the operator.
I apologize for sounding harsh, but we have become a society of people that take no responsibility for our actions and this is why FCA is doing a recall. Unlike the original post tries to let you believe, this was NOT due to a worn out part.
It really is bad these days. People just can't be bothered to have to pay attention for whatever reason.Grandkid's and easily knock my Chevy P-30 motorhome chassis out of park, reason why I have the parking brake on and blocks under the wheels.
Awhile back on this board has a conversation on common sense, seems to have dissappeared, even have to be warned on to pull a pizza out of a 425*F oven in this sue happy society we are now living in. Look at those repeated warnings in both the owners and shop manuals today. Not only GM, but everyone, some owners manuals are over 700 pages long due to lack of comment sense.
Get so frustrated with parents letting their two year old kids run wild in a busy parking lot. Maybe they would like to you run them over so they can sue you for a million bucks.
One thing for sure, don't need a Ph.D.to make a kid, but sure need an ounce of common sense to raise them.