Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a recall for roughly 4.8 million vehicles saying a defect could leave drivers unable to turn off their cruise control.
According to Consumer Reports, the defect affects Fiat Chrysler’s most popular Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram models.
The automaker notes that a software glitch can cause the recalled vehicles’ main computer to misinterpret signals from other computer modules, causing sudden, unexpected acceleration while the vehicle is in cruise control. Additionally, while drivers could normally disengage cruise control by tapping the brakes or pushing a button, the vehicles in question may continue to accelerate despite driver action.
Drivers of affected vehicles are urged to discontinue use of their vehicles’ cruise control systems until repairs have been made.
Should a driver find themselves in a situation in which their vehicle’s cruise control is failing to deactivate, Consumer Reports suggest they avoid panicking and stop their vehicle as they normally would – by applying the brakes. Once safely stopped, drivers should be able to place their vehicle in park.
In a case where the vehicle will not stop, drivers can shift their vehicle into neutral.
The following vehicles are covered by the Fiat Chrysler recall:
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