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Holiday recalls

by David Zatz on

It may be December 25, but we still have three recalls to report on. First is an odd problem affecting the 2005-06 Dodge Vipers (19V885), where the car may deploy the airbags or seat-belt pretensioners without cause. The cure is replacement of the restraint control computer, at no cost to owners; the recall is slated to begin at the end of January.  Vipers covered were built from May 18, 2004 (the start of the 2005 model year) through to August 28, 2006 (the end of the 2006 model year). A similar recall for 2003-04 Vipers was already launched. The first problems were seen in early 2015; but FCA did not know it might affect the 2005 Vipers until January 2019. The part was made by ZF. So far, there is one injury related to the problem, but no crashes.

2019 Ram 1500

Another oddball recall covers the 2018-19 Pacifica with 8.4 inch UConnect systems, 360° surround view systems, and seatback video screens; a software glitch can lead to the rear view image showing on the radio after the driver changes to Drive. This recall, 19V886, also starts by the end of January.  It affects over 20,000 minivans, made from May 1, 2018, through May 23, 2019, when the software was updated. The radio, made by Panasonic, will get a software update.

Wrapping up a day of strange recalls is failure of the tire pressure sensor on a mere 34 2019 Ram 1500 pickups (more may be affected in Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere).  After a while, the monitor tells the driver that it’s nonfunctional, which means it can’t warn the driver of low pressure. The trucks were all made from August 28 through September 5, 2019, and the cause is the supplier (BCS) using the wrong integrated circuit.

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