Fiat Chrysler re­calls 4.8m US cars

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

Fiat Chrysler is re­call­ing 4.8 mil­lion US ve­hi­cles over a de­fect that could pre­vent driv­ers from turn­ing off cruise con­trol.

It warned own­ers, in­clud­ing those out­side the US, not to use the func­tion un­til they get soft­ware up­grades.

The Ital­ian-Amer­i­can car maker said no in­juries or crashes were re­lated to the large re­call cam­paign.

But it had one re­port of a driver of a 2017 Dodge Jour­ney be­ing un­able to turn cruise con­trol off.

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

Fiat Chrysler said driv­ers could still stop their car by con­tin­u­ously putting on the brakes or by shift­ing into neu­tral gear and brak­ing.

Most of the ve­hi­cles be­ing re­called cover mod­els built be­tween 2014-2018. Some mar­kets out­side the US, in­clud­ing Canada and Mex­ico, are also af­fected, but the to­tal num­ber of ve­hi­cles in­volved glob­ally is not known.

The firm said it planned to con­tact af­fected cus­tomers.

Among the ve­hi­cles be­ing re­called are the Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300, Chrysler Paci­fica, Dodge Charger, Dodge Chal­lenger, Dodge Jour­ney, Dodge Du­rango, Jeep Chero­kee, Jeep Grand Chero­kee, Jeep Wran­gler and Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks and Ram 3500/4500/5500 cab trucks.

Some mar­kets out­side the US and Canada are also re­call­ing cer­tain Fiat Fre­mont mod­els.

Fiat Chrysler said that at times its cruise con­trol sys­tems au­to­mat­i­cally start ac­cel­er­at­ing to help cars keep at the same speed, such as when go­ing up a hill.

If that au­to­matic ac­cel­er­a­tion hap­pens at the same time as a short-cir­cuit in the car's elec­tri­cal sys­tem, a driver could be un­able to switch off cruise con­trol.

Fiat Chrysler said ve­hi­cles may be put in "park" once stopped, which turns cruise con­trol off.

The car­maker, which in 2015 was hit with penal­ties from US reg­u­la­tors to­talling $175m for safety lapses, did not say how much the re­calls would cost.

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