Ram’s heavy-duty pickups are among the millions of vehicles recalled by Fiat Chrysler over a software defect that could affect their cruise control systems. Photo courtesy FCA Group

Ram’s heavy-duty pickups are among the millions of vehicles recalled by Fiat Chrysler over a software defect that could affect their cruise control systems. Photo courtesy FCA Group

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. —  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling roughly 4.8 million vehicles due to a defect that could prevent the cruise control system from disengaging. Drivers of affected vehicles shouldn’t use cruise control until their vehicles are taken in for a software update, according to the factory.

The issue arises when a short-circuit occurs at the same time a vehicle’s cruise control system accelerates as it attempts to maintain driver-selected speeds. In this event, a driver may become unable to exit cruise-control mode. The driver can, however, overpower cruise-control acceleration by pressing on the vehicle’s brakes.

As of press time, no related injuries or accidents had been reported. The vehicles affected by this recall include:

  • 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 midsize SUV
  • 2014–’18 Dodge Durango midsize SUV
  • 2014–’18 Jeep Cherokee compact SUV
  • 2014–’18 Jeep Grand Cherokee midsize SUV
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler compact SUV
  • 2014–’19 Ram 1500 pickup
  • 2014–’18 Ram 2500 pickup
  • 2014–’18 Ram 3500 pickup
  • 2014–’18 Ram 3500 cab chassis
  • 2014–’18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis

FCA will begin to alert affected customers as early as this week, according to the company.

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