Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling thousands of its Ram pickup trucks in the United States over an oil issue that could increase the risk of auto accidents and fires, the firm stated.
According to the automaker, its 2019 and 2020 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 models come with engine computers that do not provide enough oil flow to the vehicles’ warm-up procedures. Because the computer-controlled systems may impact the rod bearings, vehicles may suffer considerable damage. Over time, the engine block might suffer punctures and a fire or a fiery accident can take place.
Impacted units are all fitted with the 6/7-liter Cummins diesel engine.
To prevent fire-related accidents and personal injury, the firm has already started contacting impacted vehicle owners. If you own one of the recalled vehicles but the company doesn’t reach out directly in the coming weeks, call the automaker at 800-853-1403 to have your questions addressed.
Once you schedule a visit to a dealer, the vehicle’s computer will be reflashed with new software so the engine warm up can be enhanced. The repair will be carried out for free.
Not All Automakers Act Quickly To Prevent Accidents
Due to the ever-growing number of auto recalls, many of us will be impacted by one or more recalls in our lifetime so it’s important to note that many recalls aren’t launched until accidents are reported or someone is injured.
Thankfully, the manufacturer behind the Ram recall was able to identify the issue and address it promptly to avoid accidents.
Staying informed can better help you to identify instances involving automakers that don’t take FCA’s route and that fail to take steps to ensure vehicle equipment is safe.
Automakers have the duty to put the safety of their customers first. Putting procedures in place that help them identify potential issues with their vehicle equipment is part of that.
If you own one of the recalled Ram vehicles and you would like to learn more about this recall, follow this link.