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Ram recall triple play

by David Zatz on

FCA announced three recalls today, hot on the heels of mis-routed wiring recall yesterday.

First, around 188,000 U.S. Ram 1500 Quad Cab trucks are being recalled to make their side curtain airbags comply with rules that prevent rear passengers from being tossed out during rollovers. There are no known complaints or incidents, especially since  all Rams have standard stability control. The risk is minimal if passengers wear seat belts, and the recall only affects pickups from the 2014-15 model years. The company did not say what was being done.

In a second recall, with a single minor crash to its credit, is around 200,000 Ram trucks — 2013 Ram 3500, 2014 Ram 2500/3500, and 2014 Ram 3500 Chassis Cabs. In this case, certain steering components from a supplier may not have adequate welds, which may cause reduced steering response. The company will first check the trucks and repair bracket welds; a reinforcement bracket will be installed in a second wave, for those who did not have the original fix.

Finally, around 1 million Ram trucks may have a steering wheel wiring harness that can wear and short-circuit, leading to an airbag deployment, due to contact with a spring. There are two related injuries reported, with no crashes. Warranty data shows that under 1% of repairs for this problem involved airbag deployment.

The problem appears in trucks with an EVIC (trip computer) and, while it may not be present in every vehicle, Ram will still inspect every truck and, if needed, tie back their wiring harness and install caps on the airbag retainer spring ends. The recall covers the entire 2012-14 pickup and chassis cab line. Many trucks that are unlikely to have the problem are still slated to be inspected.

The airbag light may be illuminated if there is a problem.

Customers who do not want to wait to find out if they are affected can visit recalls.mopar.com.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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