Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the USA because in rare circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. A recall is underway for all of the vehicles, which span FCA's Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, and Ram lines, and include sedans, SUVs, and pickups.
The recall addresses what Fiat Chrysler called an "extremely rare" series of events that could lead to drivers being unable to cancel cruise control, a electronic device that allows a vehicle to maintain a constant speed without driver intervention.
A spokesperson from FCA Australia told SBS that in some cases, cars may continue to accelerate at the speed set by the driver, meaning they won't slow down automatically to prevent collision with other vehicles, as they are created to. It should also be possible to shift the vehicle to neutral. In the event that cruise control can not be disengaged while driving, owners should firmly and steadily apply the brakes and shift the transmission to Neutral, placing the vehicle in Park once it has stopped. Regardless of which option is used, cruise control will be cancelled once the auto is put in park. The company has not received reports of related crashes or injuries, according to the AP.
2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus is pictured in this file photo.
It follows a voluntary recall in the United States and Canada that's affected close to five million vehicles.
It spans the 2014 to 2019 model years, and includes popular models like the Ram 1500 pickup truck, Chrysler Pacifica minivan, and Jeep Wrangler SUV. The recalled vehicles have collectively been driven more than 200 billion miles. Mark Chernoby went on to say "We have a remedy and a widespread network of engaged dealers who are preparing to deliver service".
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has weighed in too, adding its own recommendation that it "strongly encourages vehicle owners to follow" FCA's warning.
Fiat Chrysler noted the recall repairs are free of charge and said it will begin alerting affected customers as early as next week.