Apparently, certain FCA vehicles are having a problem with their cruise control system. When the system is forced to accelerate to keep speed, say on a hill, there is a potential for the system to short circuit. The result of this short circuit is a vehicle that is ‘locked’ in cruise control, meaning the vehicle will not exit cruise control when you push the button or tap the brakes. FCA says the vehicles can still be stopped by using the brakes, or shifting into neutral (or both).
Since we know you’re wondering, nobody has been killed or injured as a result of this fault. Though there has been one reported incident.
4.8 million vehicles is a large number, but not every FCA vehicle is included in this recall.
These are the vehicles that FCA is recalling:
• 2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan
• 2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan
• 2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan
• 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan
• 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe
• 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV
• 2014-18 Dodge Journey crossover
• 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 cab chassis
• 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup
• 2014-18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis
Nothing from Alfa Romeo or Fiat has been recalled.
Fortunately for those of you that own any of these vehicles, FCA has a simple software update that can fix the problem, requiring a short trip to the dealership.
In the meantime, FCA is advising all owners to avoid using cruise control, for obvious reasons.
So, if you own an FCA product that is part of the recall, please be safe and get your car fixed as soon as possible!
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To see two of these recalled vehicles in action, check out this off-roading video below: