About 1.8 Million Trucks Recalled By Fiat Chrysler Due To Shifter Problem
Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 1.8 million Ram trucks because they can shift out of the park position without the driver’s foot on the brake or possibly without the key in the ignition.
According to WPRI 12, the recall is mainly in North America and mostly covers heavy-duty trucks. All have shifters on the steering column.
Included in the recall are certain 2010 through 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups. Also, many 2011 through 2017 Ram 3500 pickups, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs, and 2016 and 2017 Ram 3500 chassis cabs weighing less than 10,000 pounds.
Also covered in the recall are some 2009 through 2017 Ram 1500 pickups. The 2017 brand trucks that were built after Dec. 31, 2016 are not included in the recall.
Fiat Chrysler says the brake-transmission shift interlock device can fail due to long-term exposure to high interior temperatures linked to an electrical problem, which can let the shifter move out of the park position without the brake pedal being pressed or without a key in the ignition. The problem increases the risk of the trucks rolling away accidentally.
The company says it knows of seven injuries that may be related, plus a small, unspecified number of crashes. The company states that drivers should always use parking brakes as a safeguard.
Fiat Chrysler is working on fixing the problem. Owners will be notified when service is available. Customers with questions can call (866)-220-6747.