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From Products Liability Law Daily, May 29, 2018

4.8M Fiat Chrysler vehicles with defective cruise control recalled for software update

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) has recalled approximately 4,846,885 vehicles to address a defect that could prevent the cruise control system from disengaging. If, when using cruise control, there is a short circuit within the vehicle’s wiring, the driver may not be able to shut off the cruise control, either by depressing the brake pedal or manually turning the system off once it has been engaged, resulting in either the vehicle maintaining its current speed or possibly accelerating. The company warns that if the vehicle maintains its speed or accelerates despite attempts to deactivate the cruise control, there would be an increased risk of a crash.

Affected models are:

  • 2014-2018 Dodge Journey SUV
  • 2014-2018 Dodge Durango SUV
  • 2015-2018 2-Door Dodge Challenger
  • 2014-2018 4-Door Dodge Charger
  • 2014-2018 Ram 3500 Pickup Truck
  • 2014-2018 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis Pickup Truck
  • 2016-2018 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis Pickup Truck
  • 2014-2018 Ram 2500 Pickup Truck
  • 2014-2018 Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis Pickup Truck
  • 2014-2019 Ram 1500 Pickup Truck
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler SUV
  • 2014-2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
  • 2014-2018 Jeep Cherokee SUV
  • 2014-2018 4-Door Chrysler 300
  • 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica Van
  • 2015-2017 4-Door Chrysler 200

In a news release late last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urged vehicle owners to heed FCA’s warning to stop using cruise control until a software update has been performed. According to the manufacturer, in the event that cruise control cannot be disengaged while driving, owners should firmly and steadily apply the brakes and shift the transmission to neutral, placing the vehicle in park once it has stopped (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 18V332, Report receipt date: May 17, 2018).

Remedy. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the software and perform a software flash on the engine or powertrain control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 6, 2018.

Contact information. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

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