Vehicles Affected: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling approximately 1,060,500 model-year 2012-14 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 pickup trucks equipped with the electronic vehicle information center option built between Jan. 18, 2011, and Oct. 7, 2014, as well as approximately 667,400 model-year 2013-15 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups built between June 20, 2012, and Jan. 26, 2015
The Problem: In the larger recall, the affected pickups have a steering wheel wiring harness that may rub against the airbag module retainer clip and create a short that can trigger the front driver's airbag to unexpectedly deploy, increasing the possibility of injury or a crash. In the smaller recall, the affected trucks have an oversensitive side impact sensor that could unexpectedly inflate the side airbags and activate the seatbelt pretensioners, increasing the risk of a crash or injury.
The Fix: For the steering wheel harness recall, dealers will inspect and repair the steering wheel wiring harness and add caps to the retainer spring ends of the air bags free of charge. For the side airbag sensors with improper calibrations, dealers will update the occupant restraint control module calibration free of charge.
What Owners Should Do: FCA will begin notifying owners affected by the steering wheel wiring harness recall on Sept. 19; FCA has not yet released an owner notification schedule for the side airbag sensor recall. Owners can call FCA at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 or go to safercar.gov.
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