Fiat Chrysler recalls 5.3M vehicles over cruise control problem

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

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

However, the automaker is aware of at least one report of a driver unable to turn cruise control off.

Fiat Chrysler, which in 2015 was hit with penalties from US regulators totaling $175 million for safety lapses, did not say how much the recalls would cost. The agency says that to stop the vehicles, drivers should shift into neutral, forcefully apply the brake and put the vehicle in park once it's stopped.

Fiat Chrysler shares fell 2.2 percent Friday to $21.77 in late-day trading.

Fiat Chrysler said that in certain driving conditions, its cruise control systems automatically initiate acceleration to maintain speed.

The recall includes 15 Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram models from six model years with gasoline engines and automatic transmissions. Most of the vehicles being recalled cover 2014-2018 model years.

The models include the popular Ram pickup trucks of all sizes, the Jeep Cherokee and the Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

The company said it is recalling an unspecified number of additional vehicles in Mexico and other markets, and recalling some Fiat Fremont vehicles built on the same platform as the Dodge Journey.

It follows a voluntary recall in the United States and Canada that's affected close to five million vehicles.

The owner, who was not identified in the agency's complaint database, wrote that the cruise control would not disengage by tapping the brakes or turning off the button. The company also notes drivers can shift the vehicle into neutral and then brake accordingly.

A spokesperson from FCA Australia told SBS that in some cases, cars may continue to accelerate at the speed set by the driver, meaning they won't slow down automatically to prevent collision with other vehicles, as they are created to. That being said, the company is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to recall even though affected models have clocked over 200 billion miles (321 billion km).

"Notwithstanding the extraordinary circumstances that must exist before a customer would experience a problem, we are taking this action because we are fully committed to vehicle safety", said Mark Chernoby, Chief Technical Compliance Officer and Head of Vehicle Safety & Regulatory Compliance - NAFTA.

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