DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is adding more than 875,000 Ram pickup trucks worldwide to a series of recalls to fix tailgates that can open while the trucks are being driven. If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t have any. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly. The expanded recall is for 2013 to 2018 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks. If these vehicles are in motion, there’s a risk that cargo could tumble onto the road, creating a dangerous hazard, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Almost a year ago Fiat Chrysler recalled roughly 1.6 million Ram trucks over an issue with the locking power tailgate. The actuator limiter tab for the power locking mechanism could fracture, which would permit the actuator’s lock-rod control to move beyond its limits. That would pull the locking rods open, thereby allowing the tailgate to open at any time. The 2018 recall covered Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups from the 2015 to 2017 model years, with the five-foot-seven and six-foot-four beds and the power locking tailgate option. Trucks with eight-foot beds and those with manual-locking tailgates were excluded.
The issue stems from a tailgate tab that can fracture. If that happens, the tailgate can unlatch while the truck is being driven. That increases the risk any cargo in the bed will spill out onto the road. The recall affects 2013 – 2018 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups. Affected trucks in the 2015 through 2017 model years have 8-foot beds; while 2013, 2014 and 2018 trucks built before April 1, 2018, have various bed sizes.
The problem is due to the power-locking functionality of the tailgate on certain Ram trucks. A small piece inside the latch mechanism can break, allowing a component to move too far and pull on the unlocking arms, thus unlatching the tailgate. The recall involves modifying the latch to limit how far the actuator components can move. Ram plans to notify customers and dealers about the recall on Sept. 14. They might fix the 9012 led headlight bulb for the test as well, to solve the headlight issues.
Chrysler recalls Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks to fix faulty power locking tailgates. The Ram tailgate recall will begin June 28, 2019, when dealers will repair the tailgate latches. SAN ANTONIO – Fiat Chrysler added 875,000 Ram pickups to its previous recall over problem tailgates. DETROIT (AP) – Fiat Chrysler is adding more than 693,000 Ram pickups in the U.S. to a series of recalls to fix tailgates that can open unexpectedly.