We have good news and bad news. The bad news? Chrysler just announced a massive recall of its popular Ram pickup trucks. The good news? Over a third of the trucks affected are still at the dealership!
But that still means that more than 50,000 vehicles are in the hands of owners who may not realize they have a problem on their hands.
If that is you, you might want to read on.
The model affected is the 2019 Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck.
The truck is popular all over the world, apparently.
“The vehicles in question were built before Oct. 25, 2018. In addition to those being recalled in the US, the recall extends to another 20,000 or so trucks in other parts of the hemisphere.”
So what’s the issue, you ask?
“The problem stems from a single fastener. This fastener, which is meant to complete the battery's ground circuit, may not be properly secured.
“If the connection gets loose enough, it may create an open circuit that could disable the truck's power steering.
“The steering would still work, but it would require extra force, especially at lower speeds. It can also increase the risk of a crash.”
Fiat-Chrysler issued a press release related to this safety recall.
“In its press release, Fiat Chrysler said that dealership technicians will be required to either correctly fasten the current component, which will remedy the issue. Vehicles still currently at the dealer will be fixed before they're sold. As with all other recalls, owners will be notified in the coming weeks via first-class mail.”
The company says that there have been no injuries or accidents related to the defect...so far, which is good news for all of us!
If you have one of these vehicles, please contact your dealer as soon as possible. We want you to stay safe out there!