NATIONWIDE, (WOWO) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 4.8 million U.S. vehicles after the company discovered a defect that could prevent drivers from deactivating cruise control.
The recall includes the following vehicles, most of which were built between 2014-2018:
- Chrysler 200
- Chrysler 300
- Chrysler Pacifica
- Dodge Charger
- Dodge Challenger
- Dodge Journey
- Dodge Durango
- Jeep Cherokee
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Jeep Wrangler
- Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks
- Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 cab chassis trucks
So far, there have been no injuries or crashes related to the recall campaign, but there has been one report of a 2017 Dodge Journey rental car being unable to deactivate the cruise control.
The automotive company is asking owners to refrain from using the cruise control function until they get software upgrades. The recall repairs will be free of charge, and the company will begin alerting affected customers as early as next week.
If you do find that your vehicle will not deactivate cruise control, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says drivers can overpower the defect by forcefully applying the breaks until the vehicle stops. Vehicles can also be stopped by shifting into neutral and breaking.