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Ram, Alfa, Maserati recalls

by David Zatz on

Ram is recalling a few dozen 2019 Ram 1500s, because the seat-track position sensor on manually-adjusted passenger seats may come out of position. That means the airbag may detonate too forcefully, if the seat is all the way forward. The recall should begin within around a month (FCA #UB7, NHTSA #18V822000).

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A supplier told the Sterling Heights plant, where the Ram is made, about the problem in late September; shipments from the yard were placed on hold until the problem was investigated. There have been no incidents related to this issue so far. The problem was an assembly locating tool with the wrong radius, and it appears that it was used only on September 25 and 26, 2018.

More seriously, Alfa Romeo is recalling 6,136 Giulias in the United States, and an unknown number elsewhere, because 2017-18 Giulias with the 280-horsepower four-cylinder engine and all wheel drive may have brake fluid lines that rub against a coolant hose clamp. Eventually, the brake line may fail, and brake fluid may leak onto the exhaust. That should be obvious when it happens, due to the cloud of smoke or smell of burning oil, but it’s still dangerous. The recall will start by January 15, 2019 (FCA #UB9, NHTSA #18V828000).

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On this one, Alfa Romeo had its first field report, from Belgium, back in June; the dealer pointed to the rubbing of the brake line against the clamp. For the rest of the month, Alfa Romeo investigated; then, through November, FCA US field engineers measured the gap in 21 vehicles. Finally, in November, Alfa Romeo narrowed down the scope. So far, there are no known collisions or injuries, and just four field reports, all handled under warranty.

Finally, we have a recall of around 6,300 Maserati Quattroportes and Ghiblis in the US, and an unknown number globally. The fuel lines may have been damaged during production, leading to an eventual fuel leak. This affects 2014-15 Quattroportes and Ghiblis, not already fixed under recall 17V-045. The Maserati recall number is 378, NHTSA’s is 18V-831.  Just 1% of the recalled cars are likely to have the problem.

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