Owners of Fiat Chrysler vehicles are being urged not to use the cruise control feature until the manufacturer can remedy the situation with updated software.
4.8 million vehicles — just in the United States, are being recalled by Fiat Chrysler. That’s in addition to the 490,000 in Canada.
The issue at large: a small potential for a cruise control program with no off switch.
Fiat Chrysler has warned all vehicle owners to avoid turning the feature on under any circumstance. A fix has been crafted — involving a modification to the car software.
The manufacturer has explained that the problem occurs when an electrical short occurs in tandem with cruise control acceleration.
Fortunately, the braking power was designed to be more powerful than the motor. Placing the transmission into park will also end the cruise control.
The issue was found during testing and no actual accidents have occurred.
The following vehicles are under recall:
- 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