Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling around 1.8 million heavy duty Ram pickups due to a mechanical problem that could make it possible for a driver to inadvertently shift the truck out of park.
FCA said in a press release it’s “aware of seven potentially related injuries and a small number of potentially related accidents.”
Rams Made Between 2009-2017 May Be Affected
In certain “high-temperature conditions” the truck’s shifter may be moved out of park when the driver isn’t stepping on the brake, as would normally be required. This can occur without a key in the ignition, the press release said.
The recall impacts only trucks with shifters mounted on the steering column, not trucks that have rotary-dial or floor-mounted shifters.
The company said in addition to the 1.5 million Ram trucks in the U.S., about 250,000 trucks in Canada, 43,000 trucks in Mexico and 15,000 elsewhere in the world are included in the recall.
“Affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service,” FCA said. Customers can contact FCA at (866)-220-6747.
The Second Dodge Ram Recall In 2017
In May, the company recalled 1.3 million pickup trucks due to a software problem that may have been tied to at least one death and two injuries.
The problem in May was with the truck’s safety system. If there was significant damage to the underbody of the vehicle, the company said the system could incorrectly believe the sensor under the truck failed, in turn suppressing the side airbags from deploying and seat belts from tightening.
This could happen for multiple reasons, including hitting rocks or debris in the road. If the sensor did fail, it meant in the event of a rollover crash, the side airbags would not deploy and the seat belts would not tighten.
One million of the recalled vehicles were sold in the U.S. and about another 270,000 in foreign countries. The following trucks are included in the recall:
- 2013-2016 Ram 1500 and 2500 models
- 2014-2016 Ram 3500 pickup trucks
The good news from the May recall is that drivers would be alerted to the problem by a warning light on the instrument cluster.
To temporarily fix the system, owners could shut off the vehicle and turn it back on. If the light is off, the crash system is back to normal.
If you own a truck that may be affected by the May 2017 recall, Fiat Chrysler will need to reprogram the onboard sensor, which is the reason for the recall. The software update will be done at no cost to owners.
Customers possibly affected by the May recall issue were instructed to call the customer care center at 800-853-1403 with questions.
Ford’s 2017 Recall
Ford, one of the other “Big Three” automakers also issued the recall of a large number of vehicles last spring.
Building on recalls from 2016, the April 2017 recall included 530,000 cars, trucks and SUVs.
Written by Jackie Wattles for CNN with additional reporting from Don’t Waste Your Money Staff.
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