If you’re gearing up for a Memorial Day weekend road trip, we’ve got a breaking auto recall you’ll want to know about.
Fiat Chrysler announces massive recall over cruise control
Some 4.8 million drivers are waking up to a holiday weekend surprise from Fiat Chrysler, which says a wide range of Jeep, Ram, Chrysler and Dodge models built between 2014 and 2018 could have a dangerous cruise control defect.
The nature of the malfunction here is that motorists may be unable to stop the cruise control function once it’s engaged.
Fiat Chrysler plans to fix the defect with a software update and will soon begin notifying owners to bring their vehicles into dealerships for the repair.
But until that time, the automaker is warning drivers to stop using cruise control immediately.
If you find that you are unable to turn off cruise control once it’s on, Fiat Chrysler says you can bring your vehicle to a stop by shifting it into neutral and braking. Then you’ll need to put it in park to turn off the cruise control for good.
Thankfully, no accidents have been reported stemming from this cruise control defect. But as 36 million Americans hit the road for the unofficial start to summer this weekend, this is one recall that you should pay attention to.
Even if you’re not behind the wheel of an affected vehicle, someone else on the road behind you may be!
The following models are included in the recall — one of the largest ever in U.S. automotive history:
- 2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan
- 2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan
- 2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan
- 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe
- 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan
- 2014-18 Dodge Journey CUV
- 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV
- 2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV
- 2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
- 2018 Jeep Wrangler
- 2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup
- 2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup
- 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup
- 2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis