Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is issuing a recall for approximately 342,836 of it’s 2019 to 2020 Ram 1500 (DT) model trucks, to ensure the function of certain restraint systems.
According to an internal FCA investigation, the company discovered that certain vehicles which are equipped with occupant restraint control modules, may not properly reset when the engine is turned off. The software error may cause the airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners to be disabled, which makes unavailable in a collision.
Data collected by FCA has indicated that the potential for such an issue, is highly remote but is possible. FCA also reported that they are unaware of any related injuries or accidents, caused by the issue in question. Nevertheless, FCA is conducting this recall out of an abundance of caution and urges customers, to follow the instructions on their recall notices.
The company claims that one-third of the recalled trucks are still in dealer inventories. FCA also went on to say that 26 of the recalled Ram 1500s are 2020 pre-production model year trucks that in the company’s control. The statement states the following recalled units are located…
- 295,981 – United States of America
- 38,884 – Canada
- 1,817 – Mexico
- 6,154 – Outside North America
Service, which is free of charge, is expected to be available this month. Customers will be advised accordingly; those with questions may call 1-800-853-1403.
If a vehicle has exhibited the defect, an instrument-panel warning light may illuminate. Technicians will replace modules in such cases; otherwise, they will update the module’s software.