Almost 5 million vehicles recalled by Fiat Chrysler

Fiat Chrysler warns 5.3M owners Don't use the cruise

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Fiat Chrysler announced a recall for 4.8 million of its vehicles Friday over an issue that causes them to get stuck in cruise control.

The company said it was unaware of any related injuries or accidents involving the affected vehicles but warned drivers to refrain from using cruise control until the software fix is made.

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. In an "an unlikely sequence of events", automatic acceleration could occur simultaneously with an electrical network short-circuit and could prevent a driver from being able to cancel cruise control, according to the company.

If you find yourself in this situation, "don't panic, and stop your vehicle as you normally would", said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of auto testing. FCA says it has no reports of crashes or injuries.

News reports the issue centers around a scenario where drivers might not be able to get out of cruise control.




In the meantime, the company is advising Australian motorists engaging in the cruise control system to be ready to use the foot brake if needed. Some markets outside the U.S., including Canada and Mexico, are also affected, but the total number of vehicles involved globally is not known.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an advisory to "strongly encourage" that consumers follow the directive. "The vehicle may also be stopped by shifting it into neutral and braking accordingly".

Affected models include the 2014-2019 Ram 1500 pickup, as well as the 2014-2018 Ram 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 pickups and chassis cab trucks. Most of the vehicles being recalled cover 2014-2018 model years.

The recall includes 15 Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram models from six model years. Recall repairs are expected to be free, with customers getting alerts potentially by next week.

Fiat Chrysler shares were down 2 percent in afternoon trading in NY on the recall.

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