2013-'15 Fiat 500e Recalled To Fix Cruise-Control Software

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan Fiat-Chrysler is recalling an estimated 3,975 2013-'15 Fiat 500e electric hatchbacks to fix a problem with the cruise-control software, the company said on Tuesday.

An investigation by company engineers following a review of warranty data found that some 500es "were inadvertently equipped with software that may misread torque levels generated by their motors, causing them to shift into neutral — a prescribed failsafe mode," Fiat-Chrysler said in a statement.

The problem may occur only while the cruise control is engaged and the driver attempts to override the feature with accelerator-pedal applications or rapid tapping of the accelerate/decelerate buttons.

Restarting the car restores normal function.

There are no injuries, accidents or customer complaints linked to the recall.

Fiat dealers will install new software to correct the problem. A date has not been specified for the recall, but Fiat-Chrysler said service instructions are being sent to dealers now. Owners can contact Fiat-Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.

Edmunds says: If you own one of these cars, it's best to contact your dealer for the latest information and to schedule a service appointment.