Roughly 1.7 million Dodge Ram pickups are now under three separate recalls by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) citing multiple issues surrounding the trucks’ wiring harnesses, airbags and steering components. The Dodge Ram recalls come just weeks after FCA settled a dispute with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which required the automaker to pay a record $105 million civil fine and buy back hundreds of thousands of defective Dodge Ram vehicles.
Known as one of FCA’s top-selling vehicles, the Dodge Ram’s largest recall will impact 1.1 million trucks sold in North America. The vehicles in this Ram recall could have steering-wheel wiring harnesses that wear down due to unnecessary contact with a spring, which may result in driver-side airbag deployment. The defective wiring harness may be found on 2012-2014 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups and 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs.
FCA has been made aware of two injuries resulting from the wiring harness issue, but no accidents. Dealers are in the process of notifying Ram owners of the issue and when to come in for an inspection
The second Ram recall affects approximately 190,337 2013-14 Ram 2500 and 2500 pickups and 3500 Chassis Cabs trucks with problematic bracket welds that may affect the driver’s steering. This issue is caused by weld separation that could occur between components of the steering column.
One crash was reported to be caused by the faulty weld. The inspections and repairs of these trucks will begin next month.
The third and final recall includes nearly 188,000 2014-15 Ram 1500 Quad Cab pickups that do not comply with federal safety regulations requiring rear passengers to be protected in case of a rollover. According to testing by the NHTSA, the truck’s current airbags do not prevent rear passengers from hitting a roof support pillar during a rollover crash.
FCA is unaware of any incidents, injuries, or complaints related to the last safety problem. FCA has also not worked out a fix for the issue yet, but will notify affected drivers when the repairs can be done.