Total 4.8 Million Vehicles Recalled By Fiat Chrysler Automobiles To Install Preventive Software Patch
The software patch to prevent the out-of-control car acceleration on Friday has forced Fiat Chrysler to launch a recall of 4.8 Million vehicles in the United States. While on the other hand, the error would require the incident to happen over and over through various events. The company said it was committed to consumers’ safety, which drive nine affected models of cars, trucks, vans, and SUV models of 2014 to 2018 years. There was also a case reported in the model that is expected to launch by 2019. The company will provide owners with free software to avoid cruise control as the car accelerates, preventing it from turning off. The problem can only arise if acceleration occurs at the same time with a short circuit in an electric network, says the FCA in a statement.
“Despite the exceptional circumstances that must exist before the customer has a problem, we accept it, as we are totally committed to safety,” said Mark Chernoby, head of the company’s safety and regulatory compliance, North America. Drivers can make cruise control ineffective by braking or putting the vehicle in neutral mode.
The company said it was not aware of accidents and injuries involving affected vehicles, but has cautioned drivers to not make use of cruise control until repair patch is developed. The models include the Jeep Cherokee, Ram pickups of all sizes, and the Chrysler Pacifica.
However, in terms of automobile recall at the other side of the world, the regulators of Australia have also announced a recall of millions of vehicles over the Takata airbags issue. Models such as Ford Mondeo, Mercedes-Benz C Class, and Toyota Yaris are majorly included in the recall. This Australian recall comes after 50,000 vehicles were called back in New Zealand owing to the risk of faulty airbags.