FCA is calling back a number of Ram 1500 pickups over a very serious concern: their brake pedals could detach from the assembly.
Discovered during an internal investigation, the issue might occur when the electrically adjustable pedals are being set to their rear-most position. Thus, the company advises owners to refrain from using this feature until their rides are serviced, and especially not while driving, something that’s also specified in the manual.
No accidents or injuries have been reported so far related to this condition, which could affect an estimated 193,813 units of the 2019 Ram 1500 in the U.S. market. Another 22,111 pickup trucks are being subjected to the safety campaign in Canada, 783 in Mexico and 5,487 outside the NAFTA region. The recall doesn’t include the 1500 Classic, however, and more than a third of the trucks are said to be in dealer hands and will be fixed before being delivered to customers.
Ram recall No2 involve older HD trucks
A separate recall campaign announced by FCA involves 573,876 heavy-duty trucks in the United States, 62,734 in Canada, 17,682 in Mexico and 5,837 outside North America. Limited to the 2013-2017 Ram 3500, 2014-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500, it addresses another serious concern: steering loss.
This issue was also discovered during an internal investigation and refers to “a specific steering-linkage configuration” that “may separate over time”. One injury and eight accidents could, according to the company, be related to this problem.
FCA didn’t say when owners will be notified in either of the two recalls, but will answer any questions as long as they call their U.S. Recall Information Center at 1-800-853-1403.