Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8M vehicles

Mae Love
May 28, 2018

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. "Once you are stopped, use the shifter and put the vehicle into Park", which will disengage cruise control. Dodge vehicles included are the 2015 to 2018 Challenger, and the 2014 to 2018 Charger, Journey and Durango, while affected Jeeps include the 2014 through 2018 Cherokee and Grand Cherokee and the 2018 Wrangler. Included are 4.8 million vehicles in the USA, another 490,000 in Canada and an undetermined number in Mexico and other countries. Drivers are still able to slow down their vehicle by hitting the brakes or shifting into neutral, CNN reports. The company also notes drivers can shift the auto into neutral and then brake accordingly. In an "an unlikely sequence of events", automatic acceleration could occur simultaneously with an electrical network short-circuit and could prevent a driver from being able to cancel cruise control, according to the company.

The flaw was initially discovered after Fiat Chrysler, which is also known as FCA, tested the vehicles' computer network. Fiat Chrysler says it has no reports of crashes or injuries. The rental vehicle from AVIS was traveling at about 70 miles per hour when the windshield wipers turned on without warning and the throttle locked into the place, according to a complaint filed by the driver from Olathe, Kan., with NHTSA.

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Shares of FCA traded down about 2.7% Friday morning, at $21.66 in a 52-week range of $10.33 to $24.95. "We urge customers to follow the instructions on their recall notices". Fiat Chrysler says it can fix the issue with a software update. The fix will, unsurprisingly, be installed free of charge, and the automaker will begin alerting those customers affected from next week.

In July 2015, Fiat Chrysler agreed to a $105m settlement for mishandling almost two dozen recall campaigns covering 11-million vehicles.

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