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Alfa recalls Stelvio, Giulia over cruise control problem

The defect affects over 60,000 cars worldwide.

Alfa Romeo has issued a recall to fix a problem with certain Giulia and Stelvio models made from 2017 through 2019.

The Italian company published a recall bulletin that explains the adaptive cruise control system can stay on even if the driver taps the brakes to turn it off. The car can also accelerate above the cruising speed set by the driver. Speaking to CNET's Roadshow, Alfa explained the driver can still defeat the adaptive cruiser control by pressing the brake pedal for longer than usual, so motorists won't be trapped in an uncontrollable car they can't bring to a stop.

The defect affects over 60,000 cars worldwide. Alfa hasn't revealed how many of those are in the United States, but it stresses it's not aware of any accidents, injuries, or deaths linked to the problem. The cause of the issue is an unspecified software error.

Alfa Romeo will begin getting in touch with owners of affected cars in April 2019. In the meantime, the company is asking motorists who own a Giulia or a Stelvio not to use the adaptive cruise control until their car has been fixed. Alfisti interested in checking whether or not their car is affected can contact their nearest dealer, or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.

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