Luckily, FCA isn’t aware of any related accidents or injuries.
Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million Ram pickup trucks across the US to upgrade their tailgate locking mechanisms. After an investigation, the company discovered the power locking mechanisms in the tailgates of certain pickups have a small internal component that may break over time.
This could cause the tailgate to unlatch and open while driving, spilling cargo into the road and potentially causing an accident. Fortunately, the company says it is not aware of any related injuries or accidents. Specifically, the recall affects certain Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from model years 2015 through 2017 equipped with 5-foot-7 and 6-foot-4 cargo beds.
Trucks equipped with manual tailgate locks are excluded from the campaign, as are those with eight-foot cargo beds. The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 is also unaffected since its tailgate mechanism benefits from a new design that delivers enhanced functionality, such as lift-assist.
Affected owners will be notified when service becomes available to arrange an appointment with their local dealership to have the problem fixed free of charge. In the meantime, FCA US says that "all loose cargo should be secured while driving, as stated in the operating manuals of the affected vehicles". FCA US pickups offer alternate features to accommodate load security, such as tie-down rings, cleats, high-friction bed-liners, bulkhead dividers, and bed-extenders. Affected owners can contact the FCA US Customer Care Center at 1-866-220-6747.
Most vehicles affected in the recall were sold in the US, but an estimated 260,315 Ram trucks are being recalled in Canada. Around 19,432 models sold in Mexico and 25,361 sold in markets outside the NAFTA region will also need to be repaired.
This isn't the first time this year Ram pickups have had to be recalled. Back in March, FCA issued a recall affecting 270,000 Ram 1500 trucks because there was a risk that salt on the roads could cause corrosion to the bracket that helps hold the fuel tank in place.