Cruise Control May Not Disengage on 4.8 Million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM Vehicles
If the vehicle maintains its speed or accelerates despite attempts to deactivate the cruise control, there would be an increased risk of a crash
Chrysler has announced the recall of 4.8 million vehicles to address a defect that could prevent the cruise control system from disengaging.
What's the problem?
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.
If the vehicle maintains its speed or accelerates despite attempts to deactivate the cruise control, there would be an increased risk of a crash.
The vehicles listed below are included in this recall.
- Model year 2014-2018 Dodge Journey, Charger and Durango, RAM 2500, 3500, 3500 Cab Chassis (more than 10,000 lbs.), 4500 Cab Chassis and 5500 Cab Chassis, Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and Chrysler 300 vehicles
- Model year 2014-2019 RAM 1500 vehicles
- Model year 2015-2018 Dodge Challenger vehicles
- Model year 2015-2017 Chrysler 200 vehicles
- Model year 2016-2018 RAM 3500 Cab Chassis (less than 10,000 lbs.)
- Model year 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles
- Model year 2018 Jeep Wrangler vehicles
What happens next?
Chrysler will notify owners of the recalled vehicles beginning in early July 2018. Dealers will then inspect the software and perform a software flash on the engine or powertrain control module, free of charge.
Note: Owners of the affected vehicles are advised to stop using cruise control until the software update has been performed. 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.