In case you’re driving alongside in your Ram pickup truck with a load within the again, the very last thing you wish to occur is in your tailgate to out of the blue fall open. With the danger of objects falling from the truck onto the highway, any drivers following behind gained’t very similar to it both.
A fault with the tailgate’s power-locking performance that might result in such an incident has prompted its maker, Fiat Chrysler Cars (FCA), to broaden an present recall to a further 693,128 Ram vehicles.
FCA’s first recall relating to the problem got here in 2018 and concerned 1.1 million Ram pickups, however this was expanded earlier this yr to incorporate a further 410,000 vehicles.
Now, practically 700,000 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2018 have been added to the recall, with most registered within the U.S. and Canada. It brings the full variety of Ram autos recalled in relation to the problem to greater than 2 million.
“An unintended opening of the tailgate whereas driving might end in a lack of unrestrained cargo from the truck mattress,” FCA mentioned in correspondence seen by the Chicago Tribune. “Misplaced cargo might create a highway hazard to operators and occupants of different autos, and might trigger such autos to crash with out prior warnings.”
The FCA advised Digital Tendencies that it’s unaware of any associated accidents or accidents occurring on account of the fault, including that the recall growth follows a evaluation of buyer information carried out by the automaker.
Prospects affected by the Ram recall growth ought to obtain notification by mail by the top of October 2019, FCA advised Digital Tendencies. In case you imagine you might have a Ram pickup truck that falls underneath the recall discover, the automaker advises homeowners to take additional care to safe free cargo on the truck till the restore work has been carried out, although such a process ought to be regular follow anyway.
Anybody with issues concerning the difficulty ought to contact FCA’s customer support.
Ram vehicles have been hit by fairly a number of remembers in recent times, and for a variety of points, too. In 2017, for instance, the automaker recalled 1.eight million Ram pickups after a fault was found that might trigger the car to roll away in some circumstances, whereas in Might 2018 it was considered one of many FCA autos recalled to repair a fault with its cruise management know-how.
Regardless of the issues, the Ram model continues to carry out properly for FCA. Final yr, for instance, gross sales of the pickup reached a brand new annual file of 597,368 autos, helped primarily by gross sales of the Ram 1500, which elevated by 15% year-on-year to 377,286 autos.