Fiat-Chrysler announced a massive recall of 4.8 million vehicles in the US because of a defect that can prevent drivers from turning cruise control off.
The company warned owners of affected vehicles not to use cruise control until they get the car’s software upgraded.
Fiat-Chrysler said it is “unaware of any related injuries or accidents involving the affected vehicles.”
The problem can occur if the cruise control accelerates at the same time of an electrical short-circuit.
However, if this sequence of events were to occur, cruise-control acceleration can be overpowered by the vehicle’s brakes, Fiat Chrysler said.
“The vehicle may also be stopped by shifting it into neutral and braking accordingly. Regardless of the mitigation strategy, the vehicle may be placed in park once it has stopped, at which point cruise-control is cancelled.”
Mark Chernoby, Chief Technical Compliance Officer and Head of Vehicle Safety & Regulatory Compliance – NAFTA, said:
“Notwithstanding the extraordinary circumstances that must exist before a customer would experience a problem, we are taking this action because we are fully committed to vehicle safety,”
Below is a list of affected vehicles.
- 2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan
- 2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan
- 2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan
- 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe
- 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan
- 2014-18 Dodge Journey CUV
- 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV
- 2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV
- 2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
- 2018 Jeep Wrangler
- 2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup
- 2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup
- 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup
- 2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis
- 2014-18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis
Customers with concerns may contact their dealers or call the FCA US Recall Information Center at 866-220-6747.
Vehicles are also being recalled in Canada, Mexico and other markers outside the NAFTA region.