Chrysler recalls 4.8M cars, SUVs, trucks

Fiat Chrysler Is Recalling 4.8 Million Vehicles Over Cruise Control Flaw

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling an estimated 4.8 million vehicles in the United States to address a faulty cruise control system that might not shut off properly.

The company said it was also warning owners in other markets not to use cruise control until recalls are completed.

The recall includes 15 Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram models from six model years.

Fiat Chrysler noted that at times cruise control systems automatically initiate acceleration to help vehicles maintain driver-selected speeds, including when going up an incline. In the event that cruise control can not be disengaged while driving, owners should firmly and steadily apply the brakes and shift the transmission to Neutral, placing the vehicle in Park once it has stopped.

The company emphasized drivers could overpower the system by continuously applying the brakes until the vehicle stopped or the vehicle could be stopped by shifting into neutral and braking. "Regardless of the mitigation strategy, the vehicle may be placed in park once it has stopped, at which point cruise-control is cancelled".

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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.

You may still hear the engine revving, but as long as you keep the brakes on, the auto should stop.

Fiat Chrysler said it uncovered the issue through tests its engineers had conducted. That happened in a 2017 Dodge Journey, which had been supplied as a rental auto.

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 fix will, unsurprisingly, be installed free of charge, and the automaker will begin alerting those customers affected from next week.

Fiat Chrysler shares were down 2 percent in afternoon trading in NY on the recall. The company is urging customers to follow the recall instructions and get the repairs done as soon as possible.

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