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Stellantis, Fiat-Chrysler’s parent company, is voluntarily recalling more than 300,000 diesel Ram pickup trucks to replace an electrical connector after reports of six fires. The company recommends you park these trucks outside to prevent the potential spread of fire, at least until the repairs are made.
What is the recall for?
The company discovered a part on some of the trucks can potentially overheat and create an engine compartment fire originating from the “intake heater grid relay.” The recall says an electrical short in the relay can potentially lead to a vehicle fire with the ignition on or off. And to protect the property of the owners and safety of others, they recommend not parking these vehicles inside of buildings or structures, or near other vehicles until the recall is complete.
As of Feb. 2, 2023, Stellantis identified six customer assistance records, three warranty claims, and six field reports potentially related to this issue; however, the report also says the company is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to it.
Which vehicles are recalled?
The following vehicles with the Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel engine are affected by this recall:
2021-2023 RAM 2500 2021-2023 RAM 3500 2021-2023 Cab Chassis RAM 3500 2021-2023 Cab Chassis RAM 45002021-2023 Cab Chassis RAM 5500
What should I do if my vehicle was recalled?
Stellantis will replace the relays for new internally fused relays on all affected vehicles through dealerships free of charge. They ask customers to send them any receipts or any proof of expenses that you may have paid out of pocket as a result of the issue for reimbursement. Stellantis will notify dealers and begin notifying owners around March 31, 2023.
If you have questions or want more information about the recall, you can call the company’s (FCA US, LLC) customer service at 1-800-853-1403. The recall number is 13A.