Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced two separate safety recalls affecting nearly 800,000 Dodge Ram heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S.
One recall affects an estimated 573,876 Dodge Ram 2500s and Ram 3500s for a “potential steering-linkage issue” that could result in loss of steering control. According to Fiat Chrysler, an investigation of the trucks in the U.S. discovered a problem in the steering-linkage configuration that could cause the assembly to separate over time.
The steering-linkage problem affects Dodge Ram 3500s manufactured between 2013 and 2017 and Dodge Ram 2500 pickups and 3500 chassis cabs made between 2014 and 2017. Fiat Chrysler is also recalling an additional 86,253 Dodge Ram pickups outside the U.S.
The automaker says it is aware of eight accidents and one injury potentially related to the defect. In one of the reports, the driver was negotiating a left-hand curve at 65-70 mph when a loss of steering control occurred. The vehicle drove off the right side of the road and allegedly drove through ditches and other rough surfaces before coming to a stop.
The other recall affects approximately 193,813 certain model-year 2019 Ram 1500 pickups in the U.S. equipped with an electronic adjustable pedal position feature.
According to Fiat Chrysler, the feature is activated by a switch and powered by an electric motor. Activating the feature to move the pedal to its rear-most position could “compromise the integrity of the brake-pedal assembly.” As a result, the brake pedal could detach.
Fiat Chrysler says it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to this feature. Nonetheless, it advises drivers of the affected pickup trucks to avoid using the adjustable-pedal feature. The automaker also reminds drivers of pickup trucks with the feature to use it only when the vehicle is stationary.
In addition to the Dodge Ram trucks recalled in the U.S., Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 27,481 Dodge Ram 1500s sold outside of the U.S. The recall does not affect the Dodge Ram 1500 Classic model.