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Tuesday 23 May 2017
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1.25 Million Dodge Rams Recalled Over Airbag, Seatbelt Failures Linked to One Death

1.25 Million Dodge Rams Recalled Over Airbag, Seatbelt Failures Linked to One Death

Dodge is facing a serious recall involving more than one million Ram pickups. They have a software glitch that could cause the airbags and seatbelts to fail in a rollover crash.

The Company is aware of one death, two injuries and two accidents that may be related to the issue according to a statement by Fiat Chrysler. 

Three different light and medium-duty versions of the full-size Ram pickup are part of the U.S. recall. They include 1.02 million:

  • 2013-2016 Ram 1500 and 2500
  • 2014-2016 Ram 3500

The problem is with software that helps control the restraint-system deployment in rollover situations. It could incorrectly think a sensor failed in a “significant underbody impact”. If the vehicle detects a sensor failure, its side-impact airbags and seatbelt pretensioners may not deploy during a rollover crash.  FCA says there should be warning on the instrument panel if the software error occurs.

FCA will notify owners and begin making repairs in late June.

In the meantime, owners should pay extra attention to the warning light. If it’s on, the company says drivers can temporarily fix the issue by shutting off the vehicle and turning it back on. If the warning light is off, the crash system is working again.

Customers with questions may call the FCA US Customer Care Center at (800) 853-1403.

The recall also involves 216,007 pickups shipped to Canada; 21,668 to Mexico; and another 21,530 sold outside North America.

Photo Credit: Dodge