Fiat Chrysler Leads in Auto Recalls Because of Cruise Control Problem
A cruise-control glitch has vaulted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to the number one spot when it comes to most recalls by an automaker. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the automaker launched a recall campaign in May to address a flaw in more than five million vehicles that could prevent drivers from canceling cruise control. The malfunction risks causing a vehicle to maintain set speeds even when a motorist attempts to break or turn off cruise control. No injuries have been reported as a result of these vehicle defects.
Fiat Chrysler’s Problems
So far this year, FCA has recalled more than 6 million cars and trucks over two dozen campaigns, according to the Journal’s analysis of government data. Ford Motor Co. comes in second with 2 million vehicles recalled. FCA has the dubious distinction of having recalled more vehicles in each of the past three years compared with any other U.S. automaker.
FCA recalled 5.4 million vehicles in 2017, 8.8 million in 2016 and 11.5 million in 2015. Some of these totals include vehicles with defective Takata airbags, which affected most automakers. FCA has also been scrutinized over GM ignition switches linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries and exploding Takata airbags.
How Vehicle Recalls Affect You
FCA is by no means the only automaker that issues recalls or sells dangerous or defective vehicles. There are millions of vehicles out on our roadways, which are defective but haven’t been recalled yet. There are also millions that have been recalled, but haven’t been recalled yet. These vehicles are on dealership lots, in the used car market online and being used by rental car companies.
If you are in the market for a used car, it is important you make sure that the vehicle hasn’t been recalled and if it has been recalled, the repairs have been completed. Run the vehicle identification number or VIN on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website. This will provide you with information about whether the car has been recalled. Also check out the car on a site like Kelley Blue Book.
It would always be a good idea to have your mechanic thoroughly check the car before you buy it. The one thing consumers should never do is to ignore a safety recall. The consequences can be devastating. Recall repairs are done by manufacturers and dealers at no cost to consumers as required under the law. So, you have nothing to lose and a whole lot of safety to gain by getting their repairs done.