Recall Roundup: Fiat Chrysler Recalls Ram HD Pickup for Inadequate Frame Bracket Welds
By Joseph Dobrian, September 21, 2015
During the past week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) ordered a recall of nearly 150,000 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks from the 2013-2014 model years to address an inadequate frame bracket weld. The automaker also recalled a number of 2013-2015 Dodge Dart vehicles due to a faulty transmission control module. The recalls affect a total of 173,141 vehicles.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 23,629 model-year 2013-2015 Dodge Dart vehicles manufactured February 24, 2012, to June 16, 2015. The affected vehicles may experience failure of the transmission control module (TCM), causing the transmission to unexpectedly shift into neutral. If the transmission shifts into neutral, it can cause loss of motive power, increasing the risk of a crash.
FCA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the TCM and bracket free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is R42; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V542000.
FCA is recalling a total of 149,512 model-year 2014 Ram 2500 trucks and 2013-2014 Ram 3500 trucks and cab chassis manufactured October 9, 2012, to July 29, 2014. The affected vehicles may have inadequate welds securing the front track bar frame brackets, which may result in the bracket components separating from the frame. If the bracket components separate from the frame, the vehicle may be more difficult to steer and control.
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin October 9, 2015. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA's number for this recall is R46. Owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V541000.