FCA Issues Three Major Recalls For Ram Trucks
Steering Bracket Welds, Wiring Harnesses Affected
Following yesterday’s relatively minor recall announcement for Ram 1500 EcoDiesel models only affecting a little over 1,700 units comes a threesome of recall announcements covering both 1/2-ton and HD Ram trucks. The largest recall by unit volume involves 2012-2014 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis-cab models. On those models, a steering wheel wiring harness could prematurely wear due to contact with a spring in the steering column assembly. Excessive harness wear could result in an electrical short and an inadvertent driver-side airbag deployment. Two injuries have been reported related to this recall but no accidents. If the airbag warning light illuminates on the dashboard, it could be a potential warning sign of this issue. A total of 1.06 million trucks are affected by this recall in the U.S., with 235,925 in Canada and 26,543 in Mexico.
The second recall applies to 2014 and 2015 Ram 1500 Quad Cab trucks, related to the side-curtain airbags. The recall is to upgrade the rear side-curtain airbags to make them compliant with federal regulations in regard to potential occupant ejection in the case of a rollover. Approximately 188,000 trucks are affected in the U.S.
Finally, 156,498 Ram 2500, 3500, and 3500 chassis cab models are affected by steering system bracket welds that could break, affecting steering response. One minor accident has been reported in conjunction with this issue.
Owners are encouraged to visit recalls.mopar.com or vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin to see if their vehicle is affected.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles