Millions of cars recalled due to faulty cruise control

Ram logo at a dealership in Springfield Ill. Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because in rare circumstances drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control

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 warned owners, including those outside the USA, not to use the function until they get software upgrades.

Bill Bertrand, general manager at Morrie's Chippewa Valley Mazda, says it's important to pay attention to any warnings or correspondence regarding a vehicle recall.

Some markets outside the U.S. and Canada are also recalling certain Fiat Fremont models. "This is probably one of those bigger ones that you want to pay more attention to".

Fiat Chrysler noted that at times cruise control systems automatically initiate acceleration to help vehicles maintain driver-selected speeds, including when going up an incline.

Fiat Chrysler said vehicles may be put in "park" once stopped, which turns cruise control off.

"When a manufacturer submits a recall out there, they're always 100 percent free", says Bertrand.

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It spans the 2014 to 2019 model years, and includes popular models like the Ram 1500 pickup truck, Chrysler Pacifica minivan, and Jeep Wrangler SUV. "It was still running at an engine speed to support 70 miles per hour and fighting the brakes".

"If the auto still won't stop, and the engine feels like it's fighting you, use your shifter to put the vehicle into neutral", Fisher added. It says drivers can potentially get around the problem by using the breaks constantly, to the point where the auto is able to stop, which would allow cars to be placed in park and cruise control to be disabled.

The issue, the automaker insists, depends on "extraordinary circumstances" taking place, according to Mark Chernoby, Fiat Chrysler's chief technical compliance officer. Some markets outside the U.S., including Canada and Mexico, are also affected, but the total number of vehicles involved globally is not known. "We have a remedy and a widespread network of engaged dealers who are preparing to deliver service". We urge customers to follow the instructions on their recall notices'.

A auto company is recalling almost 5 million vehicles because of a safety issue.

Fiat Chrysler says it is are unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities caused by the defect, which will be fixed via a software update.

Fiat Chrysler has vowed to improve safety procedures after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2015 imposed $175 million in civil penalties for safety lapses.

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