FCA recalls 4.8M vehicles over faulty cruise control

The defect could render a driver unable to cancel cruise control.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling an estimated 4.8 million vehicles in the United States to address a faulty cruise control system that might not shut off properly.

The recall was issued after FCA discovered the cruise control system used in many of its vehicles since 2014 could malfunction in the rare circumstance of a short-circuit in a specific electrical network while a vehicle is accelerating. FCA says if that specific set of events occurs, the driver might not be able to cancel cruise control.

Although the fault prevents cruise control from being canceled, FCA notes that the system can be overpowered by the vehicle's brakes. It should also be possible to shift the vehicle to neutral.

"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,” said Mark Chernoby, Chief Technical Compliance Officer and Head of Vehicle Safety & Regulatory Compliance - NAFTA.

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

As you'd expect of a recall involving nearly 5 million vehicles, a number of different nameplates are covered. Vehicles included in the recall are the Chrysler 200, 300 and Pacifica; Dodge Challenger, Charger, Journey and Durango; Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler; Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 and 4500/5500 models. Only vehicles equipped with a gas engine and automatic transmission are included in the recall. The recall spans from the 2014 model year to the 2018 model year, depending on model.

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