Millions of cars recalled due to faulty cruise control

Millions of cars recalled due to faulty cruise control

Andrew Cummings
May 26, 2018

While this would be pretty scary, FCA says drivers can overpower cruise control acceleration by using the vehicle's brakes.

News reports the issue centers around a scenario where drivers might not be able to get out of cruise control. At that point, the driver would not be able to turn off cruise control by tapping the brake or turning it off. FCA says it has no reports of crashes or injuries.

The company says the issue can happen if one of its vehicles automatically accelerates in cruise control at the same time as a specific electrical network short-circuits.

The firm said an "unlikely sequence of events" could lead to drivers being unable to cancel cruise control.

The carmaker, which in 2015 was hit with penalties from United States regulators totalling $175m (£131m) for safety lapses, did not say how much the recalls would cost. But the brakes are created to overpower the engine and the vehicles could still be stopped. "It was still running at an engine speed to support 70 miles per hour and fighting the brakes", the driver wrote. "The vehicle may also be stopped by shifting it into neutral and braking accordingly".

The company said it is recalling an unspecified number of additional vehicles in Mexico and other markets, and recalling some Fiat Fremont vehicles built on the same platform as the Dodge Journey.

The models include the popular Ram pickup trucks of all sizes, the Jeep Cherokee and the Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

Fiat Chrysler shares fell 2.2 percent Friday to $21.77 in late-day trading.

"We have a remedy and a widespread network of engaged dealers who are preparing to deliver service".

There are no injuries related to the issue at this time. The company is urging customers to follow the recall instructions and get the repairs done as soon as possible. The fix will, unsurprisingly, be installed free of charge, and the automaker will begin alerting those customers affected from next week.

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