2022 Chevy Traverse Shift to Park Issue

Class Action Investigation

Updated on Author: Sergei Lemberg

Updated on Author: Sergei Lemberg

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints that the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse has shift to park problems that align with similar problems reported by other GM vehicle owners. Complaints posted on various platforms state that Traverse vehicles won’t turn off because of a shift to park error message. There are also concerns that the problem may be linked to an exhaust malfunction that could cause serious injury.    

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What’s the Shift to Park Problem with the 2022 Traverse?

Complaints lodged with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse indicate that there are significant shift to park problems. While these complaints don’t mention it, this is not a new issue for the Traverse or other GM vehicles.

Way back in May 2018, GM issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) that related to the GMC Acadia MY2017-2019. It stated that all vehicles — all VINs, all engines, and all transmissions — in North America were affected by the issue. “Vehicle displays Shift to Park message on DIC when in Park. Vehicle may not shut off when put in Park or may not start. “ The cause was listed as “unknown at this time.”

Nevertheless, the TSB provided a short procedure that dealerships needed to follow to correct the condition. There is no indication that it worked.

Not long after, GM realized that Chevrolet vehicles were also affected, specifically the Traverse 2018, Blazer 2019, and 2016 Malibu and Volt. A TSB issued in November 2020 states that “Some customers may comment on seeing an intermittent Shift to Park message when the vehicle has been shifted into Park, and the ignition has been turned to the Off position.”

By January 2023, GMC had identified numerous Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC vehicles manufactured between 2018 and 2023 that had the same problem. While the Traverse isn’t on this more recent list, the puzzle is why 2022 Traverse owners are identifying a problem that Chevrolet knew about so long ago.

What Are Traverse Owners Experiencing with Shift to Park Problems?

From complaints lodged with the NHTSA, 2022 owners have been experiencing problems since 2021. They regard the issues as related to the powertrain and/or engine.

An owner from Florida states that “while shifting the transmission into park (P), the vehicle failed to park. The ‘Shift to Park’ message was displayed. Additionally, the vehicle inadvertently and aggressively lunged backward while stopped.” She took the SUV to the dealer, where the transmission was replaced and repairs were performed to the exhaust system. However, “the failure recurred with the vehicle making an abnormal sound while driving.”

To make matters worse, the owner relayed that her daughter had been asleep in the SUV and she “suffered shortness of breath and dizziness while asleep inside the vehicle.” This resulted in her needing medical attention. That was when the owner inspected the vehicle and discovered there was a leak in the exhaust system. She took the vehicle back to the dealer where they identified a leak in the exhaust pipe that needed to be replaced. However, the vehicle, which only had about 6,000 miles on the clock, was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure.

The most recent complaint, from an owner in Texas, was filed with the NHTSA in September 2023. It states that on multiple occasions the vehicle wouldn’t turn off “due to the shift to park preventing the engine from turning off. If the operator is in a garage and needs to turn the engine off this will prevent the operator from turning it off and could cause injury or death due to vehicle exhaust. I currently have it at the Chevy dealership for warranty repair but I’m not sure if they will cover it.”

What To Do if Your 2022 Traverse Has Shift to Park Problems?

If your 2022 Chevrolet Traverse has shift to park issues there’s a possibility that you may qualify to join our new class action investigation. All you have to do is fill out a contact form or call our Helpline. We will evaluate your case straight away to see if you qualify.

It’s not going to cost you anything because the law says the automaker, GM, must pay all legal bills for lemon law cases.

Sergei Lemberg

About the Author:

Sergei Lemberg is an attorney focusing on consumer law, class actions related to automotive issues, and personal injury litigation. With nearly two decades of experience, his areas of practice include Lemon Law (vehicle defects), Debt Collection Harassment, TCPA (illegal robocalls and texts), Fair Credit Reporting Act, Overtime claims, Personal Injury cases, and Class Actions. He has consistently been recognized as the nation's "most active consumer attorney." In 2020, Mr. Lemberg represented Noah Duguid before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case Duguid v. Facebook. He is also the author of "Defanging Debt Collectors," a guide that empowers consumers to fight back against debt collectors and prevail, as well as "Lemon Law 101: The Laws That Lemon Dealers Don't Want You to Know."

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