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Under 300 Ram chassis-cabs recalled

by Bill Cawthon on

Some Ram 4400/5500 heavy-duty trucks are being recalled to fix a problem with the front upper control arm, including 199 in the US and 32 in Canada.

The upper control arm on these trucks may have welds with insufficient fusion, which could cause a failure resulting in loss of stability and control. Signs of failing welds include front-end vibration and uneven tire wear.


Ram discovered the problem after investigating the problem on two trucks. The control arms were traced to a single lot used from January 3 through February 6, 2015.

FCA will inspect every affected vehicle and service them as needed. Customers will be notified beginning in September. The company said it was unaware of any related crashes or complaints.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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