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Ram Recalls ProMaster Vans for Two Separate Issues

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What do you call a Fiat Ducato with Ram badging? The answer is ProMaster, and similar to the Fiat-branded sibling, the ProMaster is a bit lacking in terms of quality control. How lacking? Picture this: Ram has recalled certain 2021 to 2024 models for incorrect seating capacity information on the tire placard label and – get this – a missing side door impact beam.
Stellantis-controlled FCA US LLC started looking into both problems on May 3 last year, and through April 2024, the company's Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance organization met with FCA US engineering and manufacturing to research, test, and review the second-row seat kit. In late May 2024, the safety boffins ultimately determined that said 2021 to 2024 models do not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards 110 for side impact protection and 110 for tire and rim selection. It sure took them long enough…

Affected vehicles were produced in the period between September 10, 2021 and November 7, 2023 with the European-designed rear seat package, which bears part number 68716893AA. In regard to the tire placard label, its part number is 05270246AB. The automaker lists Snoeks Automotive B.V. as the supplier of the rear seats.

FCA US LLC will recall 266 vans, with recall notifications to be mailed on July 26. As for the remedies, they come in the form of a side door beam and a tire placard label with accurate information. FMVSS 571.214 S6 requires the label in question to show the vehicle's seated capacity.

The recall number is 53B at FCA US LLC or 24V-416 in the NHTSA's vernacular. Fortunately, the automaker isn't aware of any injuries related to the missing side door beam. As you might have guessed by now, side impact beams are designed to absorb the impact energy in a crash, therefore reducing intrusion to better protect the occupants.

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Twinned with the Peugeot Boxer/Manager, the Citroen Jumper/Relay, the Opel/Vauxhall Movano, and the Toyota PROACE MAX, the Ram ProMaster isn't selling too well in the United States market. FCA US LLC reported 5,853 deliveries in the first quarter of 2024 and 81,663 for the 2023 calendar year, whereas the Ford Motor Company moved 39,890 and 129,009 units of the Transit.

These full-size vans also compete against the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and – to a degree – against the pickup truck-based Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana as well. As opposed to the General Motors-designed vans, the Sprinter, Transit, and ProMaster are available with zero-emission powertrains. They do cost a helluva lot of money, though, with Ram listing the ProMaster EV with a starting price of $77,995 sans destination.

Meant for last-mile deliveries, the ProMaster EV is equipped with a 110-kWh battery that provides a targeted city driving range of 162 miles (261 kilometers). For the internal combustion-engined ProMaster, customers are presented with the non-hybrid version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and the 948TE torque-converter automatic, which is Fiat Chrysler's way of saying ZF 9HP48. The 48 stands for 480 Nm or 353 pound-feet of torque, whereas 9 designates the number of forward gear ratios.

Available with multiple roof and wheelbase choices, the 2024 model year Ram ProMaster can be had in 1500 through 3500 flavors. Base prices range from $44,960 for the 1500 Tradesman Cargo Van Low Roof with the 118-inch wheelbase to $62,880 for the 3500 SLT+ Cargo Van Super High Roof with the 159-inch wheelbase.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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