Fiat Chrysler recalls over 1.8 million heavy-duty Ram trucks mostly in North America. The recall centers around the shifter located on the steering column.
The truck can shift out of "park" without the driver's foot on the brake pedal or without the key in the ignition. Fiat Chrysler recommends that drivers always use the parking brake as a precaution.
The recall includes:
2010 through 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks;
2011 through 2017 Ram 2500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cabs;
2016 and 2017 Ram 3500 Chassis Cabs weighing less than 10,000 pounds;
2009 through 2017 Ram 1500 pickups.
Trucks built after December 31, 2016, are not included in this recall. According to the Associated Press, "The company says the brake-transmission shift interlock device can fail due to long-term exposure to high interior temperatures linked to an electrical problem. That can let the shifter move out of park without the brake pedal being pressed or without a key in the ignition. The problem increases the risk of the trucks rolling away accidentally."
Fiat Chrysler is aware of seven injuries, plus a "small number" of crashes related to this recall. Owners of these vehicles will be notified when services for repair are available. If you have questions, you can call (866)-220-6747.
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