FCA Recalling Approximately 880,000 Trucks For Possible Steering Loss or "Detaching" Brake Pedals
February 6th, 2019
Steering Linkage Issue
There are two separate recalls going into effect for FCA trucks. FCA US LLC is recalling an estimated 573,876 heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. to address a potential steering-linkage issue.
An FCA US investigation discovered a specific steering-linkage configuration on certain vehicles may separate over time. If this were to occur, the driver may experience steering loss. The Company is aware of one potentially related injury and eight potentially related accidents.
The recall population is limited to model-year 2013-2017 Ram 3500 pickups and model-year 2014-2017 Ram 2500 pickups and 3500 chassis cabs. Customers will be advised when they may schedule service. Those with questions or concerns may use online search engines such as the one at recalls.mopar.com to determine if their vehicles are in the recall population. Alternately, they may contact their dealers or call the FCA US Recall Information Center at (800) 853-1403.
*Additional vehicles will be subject to recall in Canada (est. 62,734), Mexico (est. 17,682) and certain markets outside the NAFTA region.
FCA US LLC is also recalling an estimated 193,813 U.S.-market trucks to further secure their brake pedals while the vehicles’ adjustable-pedal feature is in use.
The feature – recommended for use only when the vehicle is stationary – enables a driver to adjust pedal position. It is activated by a switch and powered by an electric motor.
An FCA US investigation has discovered activating the feature to move pedals to their rear-most position may, in vehicles with the defect, compromise integrity of the brake-pedal assembly. If this were to happen, the brake pedal may detach.
FCA US is unaware of any related injuries or accidents, however, the Company urges customers affected by this recall to refrain from using the adjustable-pedal feature until their vehicles are serviced. Further, FCA US reminds customers not to use the adjustable-pedal feature while driving, as stated in their owner’s manuals.
This recall is limited to certain model-year 2019 Ram 1500 pickups equipped with adjustable pedals. More than one-third of these are in dealer hands and will be remedied before delivery to customers.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is unaffected. All safety recall service is performed free of charge. FCA US urges its customers to heed the instructions on any recall notice they receive. Customers with questions or concerns may call 1-800-853-1403.
*Additional vehicles will be subject to recall in Canada (est. 22,111), Mexico (est. 783) and certain regions outside the North American market.