FCA Issues Massive Recall for Cruise Control Issue

FCA is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. that could get stuck in cruise control.

Although FCA says the sequence of events that could cause a car to get stuck in cruise control is unlikely, it will update the necessary software as a precaution. FCA is unaware of any injuries or collisions with the affected vehicles involved. Still, FCA is advising the affected customers to refrain from using cruise control until the software is updated.

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FCA explains the issue in a recall bulletin: “In response to driving conditions such as varying road grades, cruise control systems automatically initiate acceleration, as needed, to help vehicles maintain driver-selected speeds.

In certain vehicles, if such an acceleration were to occur simultaneously with a short-circuit in a specific electrical network, a driver could be unable to cancel cruise-control. However, if this sequence of events were to occur, cruise-control acceleration can be overpowered by the vehicle’s brakes.

The vehicle may also be stopped by shifting it into neutral and braking accordingly. Regardless of the mitigation strategy, the vehicle may be placed in park once it has stopped, at which point cruise-control is canceled.”

FCA is contacting customers as early as next week to schedule service appointments. but drivers with questions can call FCA US Recall Information Center at 866-220-6747.

The affected vehicles are all equipped with automatic transmissions and gas-powered engines and include:

-2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan

-2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan

-2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan

-2015-18 Dodge Challenger

-2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan

-2014-18 Dodge Journey CUV

-2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV

-2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV

-2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV

-2018 Jeep Wrangler

-2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup

-2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup

-2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup

-2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis

-2014-18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis