Fiat Chrysler recalls almost 5 million cars over cruise control problem

Alicia Cross
May 28, 2018

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 5.3 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control.

FCA says customers with vehicles covered by the recall should avoid using cruise control until the software in their vehicle is upgraded.

FCA explains that the driver might be unable to cancel cruise control due to a "short-circuit" in a "specific electrical network" of the powertrain control module (PCM).

You may still hear the engine revving, but as long as you keep the brakes on, the auto should stop. If this occurs, the driver may discover they can not cancel the cruise control system.

If you find yourself in this situation, "don't panic, and stop your vehicle as you normally would", said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of auto testing.

The manufacturer stated that the decision to proceed with this large-scale recall did not arise from any reported incidents or injuries.

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The issue, the automaker insists, depends on "extraordinary circumstances" taking place, according to Mark Chernoby, Fiat Chrysler's chief technical compliance officer.

But what if the auto is being driven with the cruise control on and when the brakes are tapped it keeps going at the preset speed - or even speeds up? The driver was able to slam on the brakes and get the SUV to the side of the road. "It was still running at an engine speed to support 70 miles per hour and fighting the brakes". The company also notes drivers can shift the vehicle into neutral and then brake accordingly.

The recall concerns vehicles with gasoline engines and automatic transmissions from 2014-to-2018 model-years, as well as some models designated 2019 model-year vehicles.

Other analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an advisory to "strongly encourage" that consumers follow the directive. Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks are also recalled, along with Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 cab chassis trucks.

Fiat Chrysler said recall repairs would be free of charge and it would begin alerting affected customers as early as next week.

A auto company is recalling almost 5 million vehicles because of a safety issue. "We have a remedy and a widespread network of engaged dealers who are preparing to deliver service".

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