Fiat Chrysler warns 5.3M owners: Don't use the cruise

A defect that prevents drivers from shutting off cruise control, potentially placing them in hazardous situations on the road, has prompted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to issue a massive recall affecting 4.8 million US vehicles, the company announced Friday.

The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration strongly encourages vehicle owners to follow a warning from Fiat Chrysler to stop using cruise control on the vehicles listed below until repaired.

The safety campaign involves Ram pickups, Jeep Wrangler, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles and several Chrysler and Dodge brand models, according to a company statement.

Several other analysts have also issued reports on the stock.

The company stated that the issue can occur when the cruise control causes the vehicle to accelerate at the same time as an electric short-circuit occurs, according to the Associated Press.

When a vehicle's cruise control is working properly, the driver can set a preferred speed until the brakes are tapped. Shifting into park would cancel the cruise, but tapping the brakes or turning off the cruise control button won't work.

Shares of Fiat are down 2.47% in premarket trading in the U.S.

Fiat Chrysler, which in 2015 was hit with penalties from USA regulators totaling $175 million for safety lapses, did not say how much the recalls would cost. After the testing uncovered the trouble, Fiat Chrysler said it reviewed consumer complaints and found one that may be related.

"We have a remedy and a widespread network of engaged dealers who are preparing to deliver service", Chernoby added. Thus stepping on the brake does not disengage the cruise control. "It was still running at an engine speed to support 70 miles per hour and fighting the brakes". The fix will, unsurprisingly, be installed free of charge, and the automaker will begin alerting those customers affected from next week. Get twice-daily updates on what the St. Louis business community is talking about.

  • Eleanor Harrison