Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Fiat Chrysler recalling 4,800,000 vehicles over a defect

Fiat Chrysler recalling 4,800,000 vehicles over a defect

Until then, FCA is advising owners to stop using cruise control until the software update has been performed.

The problem occurs when the vehicle is forced to accelerate while cruise control is engaged, something that might happen while it's climbing a steep hill, for instance.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV recalled about 4.8 million USA vehicles to fix a software glitch that could keep a driver from being able to deactivate the cruise-control system.

It was separately fined $70 million by USA regulators in 2015 for failing to report vehicle crash deaths and injuries since 2003.

The affected vehicles can still be stopped by using the brakes, as well as by shifting the transmission into neutral, but turning off the cruise control button or tapping the brakes will not work, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states.

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.

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In the meantime, the company is advising Australian motorists engaging in the cruise control system to be ready to use the foot brake if needed.

Though there are no known incidents or injuries so far, the company took the pre-emptive step amid concerns that vehicles are not slowing automatically when in cruise control mode. Most of the vehicles being recalled cover 2014-2018 model years.

Fiat Chrysler said drivers could still stop their auto by continuously putting on the brakes or by shifting into neutral gear and braking. "It was still running at an engine speed to support 70 miles per hour and fighting the brakes", the driver wrote.

Fiat Chrysler's USA shares extended their decline in early trading, falling as much as 3.9 percent, and were down 2.2 percent as of 8:56 a.m.in NY. The company is urging customers to follow the recall instructions and get the repairs done as soon as possible.

In 2015, Fiat Chrysler booked a 602 million-euro ($705 million) after-tax charge, mainly for estimated future recall costs.

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