Fiat Chrysler says the condition can occur if the cruise control accelerates at the same time an electrical short-circuit happens. That shuts off the cruise control and the driver now needs to use the gas pedal to control the vehicle's speed. Drivers are still able to slow down their vehicle by hitting the brakes or shifting into neutral, CNN reports. It was separately fined $70 million by USA regulators in 2015 for failing to report vehicle crash deaths and injuries since 2003.
Australian's who drive Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Journey models are being warned to exercise caution when using the cruise control system. Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks are also recalled, along with Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 cab chassis trucks.
FCA stated that recalls of the models listed will also be issued in Canada and Mexico, as well as in Europe where some Fiat Freemont models (the European version of the Dodge Journey) will be subject to the recall.
"Notwithstanding the extraordinary circumstances that must exist before a customer would experience a problem, we are taking this action because we are fully committed to vehicle safety", Mark Chernoby, Fiat Chrysler's chief technical compliance officer, said in a statement. That being said, the company is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to recall even though affected models have clocked over 200 billion miles (321 billion km).
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The models include the popular Ram pickup trucks of all sizes, the Jeep Cherokee and the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. "We urge customers to follow the instructions on their recall notices".
Bertrand says there have been 88,000 different recalls on vehicles around the USA this year.
Owners with questions can call their dealers or Fiat Chrysler at 866-220-6747. The fix will, unsurprisingly, be installed free of charge, and the automaker will begin alerting those customers affected from next week.