Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall of approximately 1.7 million trucks to repair faulty wiring harnesses, airbags and steering components. All three recalls affect the 1500 and larger models of the popular Ram heavy-duty truck from model years 2012 through 2014.
The main recall includes 1.1 million trucks that could have steering wheel wiring harnesses that are showing signs of wear from continued rubbing with a spring. The issue could cause a short-circuit that could inadvertently deploy the driver-side airbag.
The car maker has said that it is aware of two injuries, but no accidents related to the wear of the wiring harness. The issue affects Ram trucks and Chassis Cabs models 1500 through 5500.
A second recall of more than 190,000 trucks could have bracket welds that can separate and affect steering. The company has reported one accident, but no injuries relating to this problem. The vehicles involved in this recall include some 2013 Ram 3500 trucks and 2014 model year 2500 and 3500 trucks and 3500 Chassis Cabs.
A final 188,000 trucks are being recalled to address side-curtain airbags, which are currently not compliant with federal regulation. Side-curtain airbags help prevent passengers riding in the backseat of the vehicle from being ejected in a crash. No incidents or injuries have been reported for this recall that includes 2014 and 2015 Ram 1500 Quad Cab pickups.
Fiat Chrysler will notify all owners of the affected vehicles and will replace and fix the problems for free.
The company is under increased scrutiny from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after being issued a $105 million consent order in July after investigations revealed the company’s mishandling of more than 20 recalls in the last couple of years.
If you have been injured by one of these defective products, the attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.