Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.1 million cars and midsize SUVs worldwide because their gear shifters may confuse drivers and allow them to exit their vehicles without placing them in "park."

The recall covers:

  • 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers,
  • 2012-2014 Chrysler 300 sedans, and
  • 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

The recall covers 811,586 vehicles in the U.S. and an estimated 52,144 vehicles in Canada.

An investigation by FCA and the U.S. government found that the electronic gear shifters in the vehicles were confusing and might lead people to believe that they were parked even if they weren't.

FCA said it is aware of 41 injuries potentially related to the problem.

"The vehicles involved in these events were inspected and no evidence of equipment failure was found," the company said in a release.

Owners will be notified. Dealers will update the transmissions so they won't move once the driver has exited. They will also add enhanced warning signals.

with files from CBC News