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Half-million Ram recall plus a bonus 200,000-Ram recall

by David Zatz on

The half million. Ram is recalling around 650,000 prior-generation heavy-duty pickups and chassis cabs because the steering linkage  may separate over time. The recall only affects certain configurations, and has been linked to eight crashes and one injury.

The vehicles in question are the 2013-17 Ram 3500 pickup, 2014-17 Ram 2500 pickup, and 2014-17 Ram 3500 chassis cabs. For those who like to see how many vehicles FCA sells in various areas, the recall is for:

  • 573,876 trucks sold in the United States
  • 62,734 sold in Canada
  • 17,682 sold in Mexico
  • 5,837 sold everywhere else

The company has not yet announced when service will begin; also, there are trucks in the same model years with a different linkage setup. Owners can enter their VIN to see if their vehicles are covered by visiting recalls.mopar.com

The odds of any particular linkage failing before the recall being done are quite low, given just eight incident reports and over 650,000 sales.

The bonus recall. Another 193,813 pickups, all of them 2019 Ram 1500s (not including the Classic), are being recalled because, when owners move their adjustable pedals to the rearmost position, it can compromise the integrity of the brake-pedal assembly—in other words, the brake pedal could come off.

So far, FCA is unaware of any crashes from this issue, but the company has asked that owners do not adjust their pedals until they have been taken in for the recall—and do not use the adjustable pedals while driving (the owner’s manual does say that is a bad idea).

Around a third of the pickups under recall are at dealerships, and will be fixed before delivery.

 


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