Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Dodge issues recall for 1.8M Ram trucks

Dodge issues recall for 1.8M Ram trucks

There's a problem with the gear shift in almost 2 million 2017 Ram trucks, Fiat Chrysler announced Friday, and social media users aren't taking it too well.

Affected are 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 lbs. Also covered are some 2009 through 2017 Ram 1500 pickups.

The brake-transmission shift interlock might not operate properly at high temperatures for prolonged periods, FCA said.

The Company is aware of seven potentially related injuries and a small number of potentially related accidents. Owners will be notified when service is available.

A previous recall was issued for an unrelated problem in September over a fire hazard. This can occur without a key in the ignition, the press release said.

Tom McCarthy, Fiat Chrysler's head of safety compliance and product analysis, said in a statement that the automaker was developing a fix.

"We urge customers to use their parking brakes, as recommended, and to ensure that child occupants are not left unattended". Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had 27 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel.

Auto owners in New Zealand are likely to be caught up in a worldwide vehicle recall by Fiat Chrysler that comes after a fault was discovered in 1.8 million of its vehicles. Most are heavy-duty trucks and all have shifters on the steering column. It provides passenger cars, light trucks, and light commercial vehicles under the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, and Ram brand names; and luxury vehicles under the Maserati brand, as well as related service parts and accessories, and service contracts under the Mopar brand. That problem affected 23 recalls and over 11 million vehicles.

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