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FCA recalling more than 800,000 Dodge RAM trucks due to steering and brake issues.

Fiat Chrysler announced that it will recall over 880,000 Ram trucks over steering and brake concerns.

The first recall affects 2013-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 models because a nut in the vehicle's steering system could become loose and make it impossible for the driver to steer. FCA has received reports of one injury stemming from this issue and eight accidents that are possibly related.

The second recall affects over 200,000 2019 Ram 1500 models and their adjustable brake pedal system. If a driver sets the pedal to its rearmost position, the pedal could become detached from the braking system which is obviously very unsafe. This brake pedal recall comes just a month after a separate recall that stems from a potential loss of power steering in 2019 Ram 1500 models.

More information can be had here (Link to Car and Driver - NHTSA hasn’t updated their webpage with the Recall Summary yet, unfortunately. I’ll update this when it is uploaded).

Government investigating FCA Dodge Regarding 2015-2016 Dodge Ram 2500 Steering

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating Ram 2500 steering linkage problems after reports that drivers completely lost the ability to steer the trucks.

NHTSA says 2015-2016 Ram 2500 four-wheel-drive trucks may have trouble with the drag links.

According to NHTSA, the drag link is a steering linkage that connects the right front steering knuckle and the pitman arm on the steering box output shaft.

Two Ram 2500 drivers claim they lost the ability to steer the trucks, both times while the vehicles were in motion. In one case, the driver was traveling 65-70 mph on a highway when the steering linkage separated as the truck was going around a left turn.

From NHTSA:

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has identified two complaints alleging the steering system failed on model year (MY) 2015 and 2016 Ram 2500s. Both vehicles were equipped with four wheel drive, and both failures occurred while the vehicle was in operation. The failures were allegedly due to the separation of the drag link, a steering linkage that connects between the right front steering knuckle and the pitman arm on the steering box output shaft. The separation occurred at a threaded coupler within the drag link intended to be used for adjusting the length of the linkage during maintenance (alignment) of the steering system. Once separation occurs, turning the steering wheel has no effect, and there is no way for the driver to control or maintain the direction of the vehicle.

In one report, the complainant alleges the linkage separated while the vehicle was negotiating a left hand curve on a highway traveling at a speed of 65 to 70 MPH. As a result the vehicle departed the right side of the roadway and was brought to a stop in an unimproved shoulder area. An injury is alleged due to the vehicle encountering rough surfaces (ditches) on the shoulder. The second report involved a separation that, based on complainant interview occurred while the vehicle was being driven (reversed) out of a parking space. The drag link and coupler assembly had to be replaced to repair both vehicles.

About 200,000 model year 2015-2016 Ram 2500 four-wheel-drive trucks are the focus of the investigation.

More information from NHTSA can be had here.

2018 Dodge Journey and Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 Recall

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,800 model-year 2018 Dodge Journey SUVs and Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks

The Problem: The backup camera may experience a loss of image display while backing up. Additionally, in the Journey, when Reverse has been selected, the rear camera view may not be fully visible within two seconds. Both instances can increase the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the rearview mirror for free.

What Owners Should Do: Dodge and Ram parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will begin notifying owners Aug. 3. Owners can call the automaker at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Contact the dealership of purchase and request the recall.  

 

Fiat Chrysler’s Attempt to Dismiss Emissions-Cheating Case Fails

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on Chrysler's attempt to escape a class action lawsuit against the auto manufacturer.  This is remarkably similar to the Volkswagen Diesel-gate issue that occurred two years ago, where VW knowingly skirted federal emission rules.  In relevant part, the WSJ says: 

A federal judge late Thursday denied Fiat Chrysler’s motion to dismiss a civil case in California, ruling that owners of more than 100,000 2014-2016 Ram pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicles with diesel engines can proceed to trial on claims the company cheated U.S. emissions tests and allowed its automobiles to pollute more than 20 times beyond legal limits. Vehicle owners allege they paid thousands of dollars above gasoline-powered models for Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles that were improperly deemed environmentally friendly

Full article can be found here.  

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Dodge Ram or Jeep Grand Cherokee to a dealership for issues above, from emissions issues to catalytic converter problems, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

 

 

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Chrysler Pacifica Class Action Lawsuit Filed

A few weeks ago I wrote about NHTSA beginning a investigation into the 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica with persistent engine stalling and now a class action lawsuit was recently filed.

The complaint alleges the 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and 9-speed 948TE automatic transmissions contain a design defect that causes the vehicles to stall at high speeds without warning.

While the issue here lies with engine stalling, the 948TE transmission in Pacificas has proven to be quite troublesome and is featured in Acura, Fiat, Honda, Jeep, and Dodge Ram vehicles.

A copy of the complaint can be found here.

The Chrysler Pacifica engine stall lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California - Ryan and Sarah Wildin, et al., v. FCA US, LLC. 3:17-cv-02594.  

 If you're in California and you’ve taken your Chrysler Pacifica to a dealership for issues above, from transmission issues, electrical issues or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

1.5 million Ram trucks recalled to fix shifter problem

Per Consumer Reports, Chrysler is recalling 1.5 million mostly heavy-duty RAM pickups to fix a part that could allow the truck to shift out of park and roll without depressing the brake pedal.

Chrysler says tests revealed that the interlock, which is supposed to keep the transmission from shifting out of park without the driver's foot on the brake and without a key in the ignition, may malfunction if subjected to high temperatures for long periods. The recall is limited to vehicles equipped with shifters mounted on the steering columns; those with rotary-dial shifters or floor-mounted shifters aren't affected, and model-year 2017 trucks built after Dec. 31, 2016, are excluded.

Trucks covered by the recall are certain

  • 2010-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups
  • 2011-2017 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs
  • 2016 and 2017 Ram 3500 chassis cabs of less than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

Some 2009 through 2017 Ram 1500 pickups are also included in the recall. 

Chrysler says it’s “aware of seven potentially related injuries and a small number of potentially related accidents.” Chrysler recommends that customers always use parking brakes and not leave children unattended in parked cars.