FCA Recalls Alfa Models to Fix Cruise Control

March 08, 2019 at 4:57 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling some 60,000 Alfa Romeo models worldwide to fix adaptive cruise control systems that don’t switch off when the driver taps the brake pedal.

The callback targets 2017-2018 model Giulia sport sedans (pictured) and Stelvio crossover vehicle. Roughly half the cars were sold in the U.S.

The system is supposed to maintain a safe distance behind the car ahead, automatically braking and accelerating accordingly. A software bug prevents drivers from disabling the feature with the normal light tap on the brake pedal, FCA says. The company adds that more determined braking will disengage the system.

FCA plans to begin notifying U.S. owners about the problem in July. Until then, the company advises customers not to use the cruise control feature.