Fiat Chrysler has announced that over 365,000 vehicles are being recalled over an issue that could increase the risk of distracted driving. Because distractions can lead to accidents and personal injury, car owners should not ignore this campaign.
Listed under this recall are the 2019 and 2020 Ram pickup trucks, Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, and Jeep Renegade vans and SUVs, as well as the 2019 Dodge Challengers and the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and Cherokee SUVs.
According to the firm, the vehicles come with 8.4-inch or 12-inch radio and rear view camera displays that could stay illuminated for a prolonged period of time after the vehicles are shifted out of reverse gear. This, the company said, could distract the driver.
Fiat Chrysler Targets Issue That Could Make Distracted Driving Accidents More Likely
In an effort to make in-car technologies less distracting, the firm is recalling the 365,000 vehicles that present this problem.
Starting May 22, Fiat Chrysler will mail a recall notification to all impacted vehicle owners. Schedule a visit to a dealership as soon as you receive this notification.
In order to fix this issue, the company will update the software for free.
While Fiat Chrysler isn’t aware of any distracted driving-related accidents or injuries associated with the recalled vehicles, it’s important to note that distracting in-car technologies can be just as dangerous as using a cell phone while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, not all drivers understand this reality.
Allowing infotainment systems and other features to distract you from the task of driving can lead to accidents. Seeing that automakers are recognizing potential risks and are acting to prevent distractions is important. But drivers should also do their part by focusing on the road and waiting until they can safely pull up and stop their cars to access infotainment systems.
For more on this recall and how to prevent accidents, follow this link.