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Recall Roundup: 2017-2018 Ram Trucks Recalled to Address Brake-Transmission Shift Interlock Issue

Recall Roundup: 2017-2018 Ram Trucks Recalled to Address Brake-Transmission Shift Interlock Issue

By Joseph Dobrian, February 19, 2018
During the past week, various automakers, including Volkswagen Group of America (VW), Jaguar Land Rover North America (Jaguar Land Rover), Ford Motor Co. (Ford), Mazda North American Operations (Mazda), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), and BMW of North America (BMW) recalled light passenger vehicles from the 2006 and 2014-2018 model years. The largest recall comes from FCA, which has recalled more than 180,000 Ram trucks of various sizes.

Details for each safety recall follow, in alphabetical order by car brand.

2014-2015 Audi S7
2016-2018 Audi RS7
  • Number of vehicles affected: 3,543
  • Issue: VW is recalling certain 2014-2015 Audi S7 and 2016-2018 RS7 vehicles. The tire information label on these vehicles incorrectly lists the combined maximum weight as 1146 lbs./520 kg, when the correct combined maximum weight is actually 992 lbs./450 kg.
  • Remedy: Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tire information label free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin April 8, 2018. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 44N9
  • NHTSA recall number: 18V096000


2017 Dodge Caravan
2017 Jeep Wrangler

  • Number of vehicles affected: 39,456
  • Issue: The brake switches on these vehicles may malfunction, keeping the brake lights illuminated and/or allowing the vehicle to be shifted out of the Park position without the brake pedal being pushed.
  • Remedy: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake switches free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin March 30, 2018. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
  • Manufacturer recall number: U09
  • NHTSA recall number: 18V098000


2006 Ford Ranger

  • Number of vehicles affected: 33,310
  • Issue: Ford is recalling certain 2006 Ford Ranger trucks. Ford is requesting owners not to drive these vehicles until they have been repaired. Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to explode. On January 11, 2018, Ford notified NHTSA that they are recalling 2,700 model-year 2006 Ranger vehicles built with passenger-side air bag inflators. As of February 9, 2018, Ford is expanding the recall to a total of 33,310 model-year 2006 Ranger vehicles built with passenger-side air bag inflators.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners instructing them to not drive their vehicles, and dealers will replace the passenger-side air bag inflator with an alternate inflator free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall for the original population began on January 16, 2018. Owners within the expanded population will be notified beginning the week of February 12, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
  • Manufacturer recall number: 18S02
  • NHTSA recall number: 18V022000, 18V023000


2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

  • Number of vehicles affected: 189
  • Issue: In the affected 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque convertible vehicles equipped with 20-in. wheels, the tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may be incorrectly set and thus may not illuminate the warning on the instrument panel when a tire's pressure is 25% below the recommended cold inflation pressure.
  • Remedy: Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will update the TPMS setting to correct the illumination setting free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin March 23, 2018. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837.
  • Manufacturer recall number: N164
  • NHTSA recall number: 18V088000


2006 Mazda B-Series

  • Number of vehicles affected: 2,205
  • Issue: Mazda is recalling certain 2006 B-series vehicles. Mazda requests owners not to drive these vehicles until they have been remedied. Upon deployment of the driver-side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to explode. On January 11, 2018, Mazda notified NHTSA that they are recalling 160 model-year 2006 B-Series vehicles built with driver-side air bags. As of February 9, 2018, Mazda is expanding the recall to a total of 2,205 model-year 2006 B-Series vehicles built with driver-side air bags.
  • Remedy: Mazda will notify owners instructing them to not drive their vehicles, and dealers will replace the front driver-side frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator free of charge.
  • Timing: The recall for the original population began on January 16, 2018. Owners within the expanded population will be notified beginning the week of February 16, 2018. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.
  • Manufacturer recall numbers: 2218A, 2318A
  • NHTSA recall number: 18V038000, 18V039000


2017-2018 Ram 1500
2017-2018 Ram 2500
2017-2018 Ram 3500, 3500 Cab Chassis
2017-2018 Ram 4500 Cab Chassis
2017-2018 Ram 5500 Cab Chassis

  • Number of vehicles affected: 180,462
  • Issue: FCA is recalling certain 2017-2018 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 3500 Cab Chassis, 4500 Cab Chassis, and 5500 Cab Chassis vehicles, all equipped with a column shifter. Pushing the brake pedal for prolonged periods when the vehicle is running and in Park may cause the brake-transmission shift interlock (BTSI) pin to stick in the open position. With the pin in the open position, the transmission can be shifted out of Park into any gear without pushing the brake pedal or having the key in the ignition.
  • Remedy: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will update the body control module software. Dealers will also test the BTSI operation, replacing the solenoid as necessary.
  • Timing: The recall is expected to begin March 30, 2018. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
  • Manufacturer recall number: U11
  • NHTSA recall number: 18V100000


2018 Rolls-Royce Ghost

  • Number of vehicles affected: 3
  • Issue: The head air bags in these vehicles may have been damaged during vehicle assembly, possibly causing the head air bags to not fully inflate upon deployment.
  • Remedy: Rolls-Royce dealers will inspect and replace the head air bags, as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Rolls-Royce customer service at 1-877-877-3735.
  • Timing: None of the affected vehicles have been delivered to customers, therefore, owner notification letters will not be sent.
  • NHTSA recall number: 18V097000

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