Fiat-Chrysler is recalling nearly 5 million U.S. vehicles to repair a software glitch that could prevent drivers from canceling the cruise control.
The problem affects about 4.8 million Fiat-Chrysler cars, minivans, SUVs, and pickup trucks from model-year 2014 to 2018.
According to the automaker, “a driver could be unable to cancel cruise-control” if the cruise control system accelerates at the same time a “short-circuit in a specific electrical network” occurs. Normally drivers disengage cruise control by tapping the brake or hitting the cruise-control on-off switch, but both methods can stop working if the glitch occurs.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “strongly encourages” drivers of the affected vehicles to stop using cruise control until a dealer updates the software in the vehicle’s Powertrain Control Module.
In the event the cruise control becomes stuck, drivers can overpower it by continuously applying the brakes or shifting the vehicle to neutral and bring it to a stop. The automaker said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries stemming from the problem, but there is one report of the cruise control becoming stuck in a 2017 Dodge Journey crossover vehicle.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Fiat-Chrysler’s recall announcement “comes as the auto industry is increasingly relying on software to take over critical vehicle functions, which is putting more drivers and passengers at risk from distractions—or worse—as bugs crop up while vehicles are in operation.”
Fiat-Chrysler said dealerships will install a software update that will prevent the short circuit in affected vehicles. Drivers should call a local Fiat-Chrysler dealer to schedule a repair, which will be provided at no cost to the consumer.
The vehicles covered under this recall are:
- 2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan
- 2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan
- 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan
- 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV
- 2014-18 Dodge Journey crossover
- 2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV
- 2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
- 2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup
- 2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis
- 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup
- 2014-18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis
- 2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup
- 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe
- 2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan
- 2018 Jeep Wrangler