FCA (Chrysler) has issued a recall for 296,000 2019-2010 Ram 1500’s that need repairs to prevent the airbags and seat belt pretensioners from failing.
The 2019-2020 Ram 1500s have software problems related to the occupant restraint controllers which can disable the airbags. A software error may occur when the engine is turned off, NHTSA says. If a computer module doesn't properly reset, the airbags and seat-belt pretensioners wouldn't work properly in a collision. Fiat Chrysler says the 2019-2020 RAM 1500’s have software with vulnerabilities "during power-down memory clean-up events which can corrupt flash memory."
FCA says about a third of the recalled trucks are still at dealerships, and the 2020 trucks are pre-production models that the automaker still owns.
The repairs are expected to be available this month.
Vehicles recalled: 295,981 Ram 1500 pickup trucks from the 2019-2020 model years, built from Oct. 31, 2017 through May 21, 2019.
The problem: Software in the computer module that controls the airbags and seat belt pretensioners may become corrupt. If that happens, those systems would be disabled.
The fix: Dealerships will reprogram the module or replace it as necessary at no charge to owners.
How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact FCA US LLC customer service at 800-853-1403. FCA's numbers for this recall are V61 and V71.
NHTSA’s campaign number: 19V407.
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