Fiat Chrysler recalls almost 5 million cars over cruise control problem

Fiat Chrysler recalls almost 5 million cars over cruise control problem

Fiat Chrysler recalls almost 5 million cars over cruise control problem

Until then, FCA is advising owners to stop using cruise control until the software update has been performed.

If that automatic acceleration happens at the same time as a short-circuit in the car's electrical system, a driver could be unable to switch off cruise control.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Friday it is recalling 4.8 million US vehicles over a terrifying defect that could prevent drivers from switching off cruise control.

The flaw was initially discovered after Fiat Chrysler, which is also known as FCA, tested the vehicles' computer network.

According to Fiat Chrysler, no crashes or injuries have been recorded in relation to the cruise control problem.

The Italian-American automaker advised customers driving select Ram pickups, Jeep SUVs and Chrysler and Dodge brand models to avoid using cruise control until the software in their vehicles is upgraded.

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The Italian-American automaker said no injuries or crashes are related to the large recall campaign but said it had one report of a USA driver of a 2017 Dodge Journey rental vehicle being unable to deactivate the cruise control.

The company's USA shares extended their decline in early trading, falling as much as 3.9 percent, and were down 2.5 percent as of 9:25 a.m.in NY.

Fiat Chrysler said drivers could still stop their vehicle by continuously putting on the brakes or by shifting into neutral gear and braking. After the testing uncovered the trouble, FCA said it reviewed consumer complaints and found one that may be related.

That acceleration can cause a short circuit, which causes the vehicle to be locked in cruise control. Also covered are the 2015-2017 Chrysler 200, the 2014-2018 Chrysler 300, the 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

'We have a remedy and a widespread network of engaged dealers who are preparing to deliver service.

Fiat Chrysler said recall repairs would be free of charge and it would begin alerting affected customers as early as next week. The recalled vehicles have collectively been driven more than 200 billion miles.

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