But the power steering could fail if the recall is ignored.
The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup truck is a force to be reckoned with in this highly competitive segment. We spent some time driving the new Ram 1500 and came away thoroughly impressed. More precisely, we declared it the best luxury truck on sale right now. No wonder Ford is rushing a major F-150 update for next year sometime. But just because a newly launched vehicle could potentially be a segment leader doesn’t mean it’s completely void of problems. In this case, a significant recall.
Fiat Chrysler has announced the recall of 182,000 2019 model year Ram 1500 trucks worldwide due to an electrical problem that could cut out the power steering. The automaker claims most of the affected vehicles are in the US and Canada, while another one-third are still on dealership lots.
The exact problem lies with a battery ground-circuit fastener that may not be secured properly. This could loosen the connection enough to create an open circuit, thus leading to inconsistent feedback and potential loss of power steering, leading to an increased risk of a crash. There have been no reports so far of crashes or injuries.
The fix itself is extremely easy. It doesn’t even require any replacement parts or serious adjustments. All a dealership technician has to do is tighten the fastener. That’s it and owners will be on their way. Obviously this will be done free of charge.
An exact date for the recall to get underway has not yet been announced, but US safety law makes clear that once an automaker declares a vehicle recall it must begin within 60 days. FCA announced the recall on Friday, January 25. Affected owners will be notified mail and/or directly by their dealership. They can also head over to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website and enter their vehicle identification number to see if their 2019 Ram 1500 is included.