Fiat Chrysler recalls almost 5 million cars over cruise control problem

Fiat Chrysler Is Recalling 4.8 Million Vehicles Over Cruise Control Flaw

However, the automaker is aware of at least one report of a driver unable to turn cruise control off.

Fiat Chrysler, which in 2015 was hit with penalties from US regulators totaling $175 million for safety lapses, did not say how much the recalls would cost.

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

FCA will be notifying customers next week and the company recommends that owners don't use the cruise control system until their vehicle has been equipped with updated software to correct the problem.

A spokesperson from FCA Australia told SBS that in some cases, cars may continue to accelerate at the speed set by the driver, meaning they won't slow down automatically to prevent collision with other vehicles, as they are created to.

Fiat Chrysler's US 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 stated that the issue can occur when the cruise control causes the vehicle to accelerate at the same time as an electric short-circuit occurs, according to the Associated Press.

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In the complaint filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an owner from Olathe, Kansas, said a 2017 Dodge Journey SUV rental vehicle was being driven about 70 miles per hour with the cruise control on when the windshield wipers came on by themselves and the throttle locked up. Also covered are the 2015-2017 Chrysler 200, the 2014-2018 Chrysler 300, the 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

Fiat Chrysler made the announcement going into the busy U.S. Memorial Day weekend, which traditionally kicks off the summer driving season in the United States.

Fiat said the exact number and model breakdown of Australian vehicles affected won't be known until early next week, though its understood only petrol automatic engines are of concern. That's the device which, among other things, is responsible for handling cruise control.

According to a complaint filed with NHTSA on March 2, the driver of an Avis rental vehicle in Olathe, Kansas was traveling at 70 miles per hour (110 km per hour) with the cruise control engaged when the driver reported the wipers turned on by themselves, dashboard instrumentation dials went to zero and the cruise control would not disengage.

The engine stop button also wouldn't work, but the driver was able halt the SUV and shift into park while the brakes "smoked significantly".

'We have a remedy and a widespread network of engaged dealers who are preparing to deliver service. The company is urging customers to follow the recall instructions and get the repairs done as soon as possible.

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