Fiat Chrysler Issues Safety Recall for 1.5M Trucks

FCA is voluntarily recalling an estimated 1.48 million Ram trucks in the U.S. to help prevent occupants from inadvertently moving the vehicles’ gear-shifters out of the “park” position. This recall is limited to trucks equipped with shifters mounted on their steering columns and does not apply to trucks with rotary-dial or floor-mounted shifters.

An FCA review of field data led to the discovery that the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) may not function properly if it’s subject to high-temperature conditions for prolonged periods. If the BTSI becomes disabled, a vehicle’s shifter may be moved out of park without the brake-pedal being applied, or the presence of a key in the ignition. In such circumstances, a vehicle may exhibit inadvertent movement—if its parking brake has not been set, as recommended by the owner manual.

The Company is aware of seven potentially related injuries and a small number of potentially related accidents due to the BTSI issue.

Affected vehicles include certain 2010-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups; 2011-2017 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs; 2016-2017 Ram 3500 chassis cabs with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of less than 10,000 pounds. Certain 2009-2017 Ram 1500 pickups are also included in the recall campaign. Certain 2009-2017 Ram 1500 pickups are also included in the campaign, but heavy-duty trucks represent the majority of the affected vehicles. The recall does not apply to 2017 trucks built after December 31, 2016.

“FCA US will restore BTSI function in the vehicles subject to this recall,” wrote Tom McCarthy, Head of Safety Compliance and Product Analysis. “Nevertheless, as always, we urge customers to use their parking brakes, as recommended, and to ensure that child occupants are not left unattended.”

Affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service.

Customers with concerns may call FCA US at (866)-220-6747.

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