May 25, 2018

Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million vehicles over cruise control defect

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Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles over a malfunction that will prevent cars from shifting out of cruise control if the driver taps on the gas pedal while it is engaged, reports CNN. No injuries have been reported so far thanks to the defect.

The details: Drivers who encounter the issue would still able to slow the car down using the brakes or shifting into neutral, but the company is advising against using cruise control due to the malfunction.

A list of vehicles included in the recall:

  • 2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan
  • 2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan
  • 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan 
  • 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV 
  • 2014-18 Dodge Journey crossover 
  • 2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV 
  • 2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV 
  • 2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup 
  • 2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis 
  • 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup 
  • 2014-18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis
  • 2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup 
  • 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe 
  • 2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan 
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler 

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The big picture: A growing number of events are being scrapped, including Mobile World Congress and Facebook's F8 developer conference. Some, like the giant SXSW event in Austin, insist they are moving forward.

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Trump again nominates Rep. John Ratcliffe for intelligence chief

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President Trump again nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as Director of National Intelligence (DNI), in a tweet on Friday.

Catch up quick: If confirmed, Ratcliffe would eventually replace Richard Grenell, a staunch defender of Trump and former U.S. ambassador to Germany who was installed as the acting DNI only a few weeks ago. Grenell would have had to leave the post on March 11 unless Trump formally nominated someone else to oversee the U.S. intelligence community, the New York Times reports.

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