Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Alfa Romeo is recalling 19,114 of its Giulia cars and Stelvio SUVs because the adaptive cruise control (ACC) may stay engaged, even after a driver hits the brakes. The ACC also might accelerate to a speed faster than the one chosen by the driver, the automaker said.

A statement sent to CR by a spokesman for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the parent company of Alfa Romeo, says “If the above condition were to occur, ACC may be deactivated with firm, sustained brake-pedal application.” However, the statement said that FCA urges customers to refrain from using the feature until service is obtained.

This adaptive cruise control system uses sensors to maintain a set speed and a safe distance behind a leading vehicle, slowing and accelerating automatically as needed in traffic.

The automaker blames the problem on a software issue, and Alfa Romeo says it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue. The company says it became aware of the problem during a test by an FCA employee. 

The Details

Vehicles affected: 19,114 of the 2017-2019 Giulia sedans and 2018-2019 Stelvio SUVs in the U.S. FCA notes that half of the affected cars are still on dealer lots.

The problem: A software glitch may let the adaptive cruise control stay engaged, even if the driver has hit the brakes, which would normally turn off the system. In some cases, the vehicle may accelerate to a speed higher than the one chosen by the driver. 

The fix: Dealers will update software at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: Affected customers will be advised in April when they may schedule service. Owners can call the FCA U.S. Recall Information Center at 800-853-1403.

NHTSA campaign number: There is no number yet from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia
Alfa Romeo Giulia