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Ram Recalls 1 Million Trucks to Fix Tailgate Locking Mechanisms

A problem discovered by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on certain Ram pick-up trucks has prompted the company to announce this week a major recall of some of its models in North America.
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According to the statement released by FCA, there are an estimated 1.1 million U.S.-market pickup trucks that will be sent to dealers to fix a problem with the tailgate locking mechanisms.

FCA says an internal investigation discovered that “the power locking mechanisms in the tailgates of certain pickups share a small internal component that may break over time.” In case this happens, the vehicle’s tailgate may unlatch.

The affected models are the entire Ram lineup, the 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups, manufactured under model years 2015 through 2017. Trucks of the same model years equipped with manual tailgate locks, as well as with eight-foot cargo beds, are excluded from this recall.

FCA says that the newer, 2019 model year Ram has already been fitted with a new mechanism design that eliminates the risk of failure.

Until the problem is fixed, FCA advises those who own affected trucks to secure loose cargo while driving to prevent unwanted incidents, “as stated in the operating manuals.” They are even advised to look into alternate load security options, like tie-down rings, cleats, high-friction bed-liners, bulkhead dividers, and bed-extenders.

To date, the carmaker says it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to this issue.

After it completes the fixing operations for the trucks on the U.S. market, FCA says it will begin providing fixes for over 260,000 trucks sold in Canada, 19,000 in Mexico and 25,000 in certain markets outside the NAFTA region.

In the document attached below you can find the statement FCA released on the subject. The carmaker did not provide any information on when the recall will begin. Just like in all other recalls, the fix for the problem will come free of charge for the owners.

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