Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 343,000 Ram pickup trucks worldwide due to the risk that the air bags could fail to deploy in the event of a crash.
According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall covers 2019 Ram 1500 pickup trucks. The federal agency reports that 295,981 of these affected trucks are in the U.S.
It’s important to note that the recall also affects some 2020 Ram 1500 models. The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based automaker says that the flash memory of the Occupant Restraint Controller could become corrupted and disable the truck’s air bags and seat belt pretensioners.
FCA says it will notify owners of the recall starting July 20. Once they receive notification, is when they can take the pickup into a dealer for free necessary repairs.
The automaker reports that as of May 20 it is not aware of any incidents or injuries related to the recall. The Associated Press notes that one-third of affected models are still at dealerships.
“Once the vehicle is keyed-off, the ORC begins normal routines under its own power reserve. If the ORC powers down and interrupts a memory erase process, data corruption could occur,” federal documents read.
“Memory cleanup does not occur every key-off, not all interruptions will cause corruption, reserve time will vary, and other factors make the occurrence highly variable. Corrupted ORC flash memory may result in internal faults codes, illuminated Airbag Warning Lamp, and disabled deployment of airbags and seatbelt pretensioners.”
To search active recalls, use the NHTSA’s website to search your 17-character VIN at this link. VIN numbers are typically located under the driver’s side windshield, or along the inside of the doors behind the seat or under the steering wheel. To sign up for NHTSA safety alerts for a specific vehicle, sign up at this link.
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