By Matt Schmitz
Chrysler is voluntarily recalling an estimated 712,084 vehicles in four separate actions due to problems with various safety features in several Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram products, the automaker announced this week.
Among them are about 45,900 model-year 2013 Ram 1500 pickup trucks equipped with four-wheel drive are being recalled due to a problem with electronic stability control system software that causes the warning lamp to activate, indicating that the safety feature is disabled. The condition may occur when the transfer case position is changed immediately before the ignition is turned off; software was modified to prevent ESC deactivation under such circumstances. Chrysler said it is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.
Chrysler said it will notify owners affected by each of the recalls, and dealers will correct the problems for free. Owners can call the automaker at 800-853-1403, NHTSA's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.