Late last week, Fiat Chrysler announced that it is recalling almost five million vehicles because of issues with the vehicles’ cruise control. The company said that it is possible the drivers of the affected vehicles would not be able to turn off cruise control and that their cars could unexpectedly speed up.
According to the company, drivers should not use cruise control at all until they have visited their dealer for a software fix. In addition to the recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a consumer advisory about the issue, which is unusual for the agency.
The cruise control issue stems from a potential short circuit. It can result in cruise control staying on after a driver tries to disengage it. The vehicle may also unexpectedly accelerate while the vehicle is in cruise control. Experts say that if your vehicle is in this situation, you shouldn’t panic, and should stop the car as normal. Once stopped, put the car into park, which will disengage cruise control. If the car will not stop, the shifter should be used to put the car into neutral.
The company says that the problem is not likely to occur, but the company is issuing a recall because it is committed to vehicle safety. Engineers found the problem last year after a single customer complaint about a 2017 Dodge Journey. Thus far, no injuries or accidents have been caused by the problem. The recall applies to most of the newer models of the company’s most popular Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram models.
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