Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is warning owners of 4.8 million vehicles in the USA not to use cruise control, after discovering a flaw that could leave drivers unable to deactivate it.
The likelihood of this happening is clearly minimal, but all of those involved in examining the issue, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are recommending that owners of affected vehicles not use the cruise control function until the software can be updated. The recall includes 15 Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram models from six model years.
If that automatic acceleration happens at the same time as a short-circuit in the car's electrical system, a driver could be unable to switch off cruise control.
When a vehicle's cruise control is working properly, the driver can set a preferred speed until the brakes are tapped.
Fiat Chrysler said drivers could still stop their auto by continuously putting on the brakes or by shifting into neutral gear and braking. Once the vehicle has come to a stop, shifting the transmission into Park will disengage the cruise control system.
The flaw was initially discovered after Fiat Chrysler, which is also known as FCA, tested the vehicles' computer network.
The manufacturer stated that the decision to proceed with this large-scale recall did not arise from any reported incidents or injuries.
"We have a remedy and a widespread network of engaged dealers who are preparing to deliver service", Chernoby adds.
It follows a voluntary recall in the United States and Canada that's affected close to five million vehicles.
According to the automaker, someone has to be driving one of the affected models with the cruise control system activated.
Australian drivers have been caught up in the mass Fiat Chrysler vehicle recall affecting the United States and Canada, but it's now unclear how many vehicles in Australia are affected. "It was still running at an engine speed to support 70 miles per hour and fighting the brakes". Recall repairs are expected to be free, with customers getting alerts potentially by next week.