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

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Fiat Chrysler vehicle owners are being warned not to use their vehicle's cruise control for the time being after it was discovered that in rare cases the function can not be turned off.

When a auto is traveling uphill with cruise control enabled, the system automatically accelerators to maintain the speed that has been set.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 5.3 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. Fiat Chrysler said it'll start alerting customers as soon as next week and that it's unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the flaw.

The Italian-American vehicle maker said no injuries or crashes were related to the large recall campaign.

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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 spans the 2014 to 2019 model years, and includes popular models like the Ram 1500 pickup truck, Chrysler Pacifica minivan, and Jeep Wrangler SUV.

That acceleration can cause a short circuit, which causes the vehicle to be locked in cruise control.

In the meantime, the company is advising Australian motorists engaging in the cruise control system to be ready to use the foot brake if needed.

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Fiat Chrysler said it uncovered the issue through tests its engineers had conducted.

Fiat Chrysler's US shares extended their decline in early trading, falling as much as 3.9 percent, and were down 2.2 percent as of 8:56 NY. The only way to stop at that point would be to brake to a full stop. "It was still running at an engine speed to support 70 miles per hour and fighting the brakes".

'We have a remedy and a widespread network of engaged dealers who are preparing to deliver service.

Fiat Chrysler will begin notifying customers as early as next week.

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In July 2015, Fiat Chrysler agreed to a $105 million settlement for mishandling almost two dozen recall campaigns covering 11 million vehicles.