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Fiat Chrysler recalls Mexico vehicles over cruise control software

Fiat Chrysler in Mexico has announced a recall of its vehicles due to a problem with control modules.

Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler announced the recall late last week after noting 4.8 million US vehicles had a computer glitch. The company did not release a possible number of affected vehicles in Mexico, however.

They say the defect is related to the cruise control function and warned people not to use the feature until their software has been updated.

In a statement, the automaker explained that the recall involves updating the computer program of its control modules, which could in “an unlikely sequence of events” compromise the functionality of the cruise control.

The company explained that if certain driving conditions were to occur simultaneously resulting in a short circuit in a specific power grid, a driver could be unable to cancel the cruise control. They explain that if this were to occur, the cruise control can be suspended by using the vehicle’s brakes or by switching to neutral and braking.

Fiat Chrysler reported that it has no knowledge of injuries or accidents related to affected vehicles that cover models from 2014 to 2018.

Affected brands include Chrysler 200 sedan, 300 sedan and Pacifica minivan, Dodge Challenger coupe, Charger sedan, Journey CUV and Durango SUV, Jeep Cherokee SUV, Grand Cherokee SUV and Wrangler and RAM pickups.

Fiat Chrysler, which in 2015 was hit with $175 million USD in sanctions by US regulators linked to security failures, did not say what the cost of the massive recall would be.

The company said it will also recall an unspecified number of additional vehicles in Canada and other markets, in addition to some Fiat Fremont vehicles built on the same platform as the Dodge Journey.