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Two more recalls, no injuries: Ram, Grand Cherokee

by David Zatz on

Around 90,000 2015-16 Ram 1500 pickups, most of which are still in dealer hands, are being recalled to inspect and, if needed, to replace their rear axle shafts or rear axles. A supplier did not properly heat-treat axle shafts, increasing wear and possibly overheating the system enough to light the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) warning and, if ignored, to cause wheel separation.

Ram has learned one related accident, but no injuries. The affected vehicles are 2015-2016 Ram 1500s made from mid-June to late September 2015. Customers will be sent notes as to when service can be scheduled; they should contact their dealer immediately if the ABS light goes on.  For more information, contact 1-800-853-1403.

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In a separate recall, after the NHTSA had two complaints of smoke and fire in 2015 Jeep Cherokees, Jeep has chosen to recall around 95,000 of the SUVs to inspect and, if needed, replace their air conditioning lines.

On some Grand Cherokees, the lines may have been installed incorrectly, so they are too close to the exhaust manifold. There are no known injuries or accidents. Again, customers will be notified when they may schedule service, but are asked that if they lose air conditioning or see a warning light, to contact their dealers immediately. The hotline is at 1-800-853-1403.

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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