The popular pickup is having some serious quality control issues right now.
It was only a few weeks ago that the Ram 1500 was recalled to fix a problem with its tailgate, which was followed by another recall to fix an issue with driveshafts that could crack. But now yet another recall has been issued for the popular pickup after a new problem was discovered during an internal investigation. This time, 2019 and 2020 model year trucks have been affected by a software error that could inadvertently disable the airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners. This obviously increases the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
According to the NHTSA, the software error may occur when the engine is turned off. If a computer module doesn't properly reset, the airbags and seat-belt pre-tensioners won't work properly in a collision. An instrument panel warning light may illuminate if a truck experiences this problem.
As many as 295,981 units of the 2019 Ram 1500 are affected by the issue in the US along with 38,884 in Canada, 1,817 in Mexico and 6,154 outside the NAFTA region. An additional 26 examples of the 2020 truck are also included, but these are in FCA's possession.
To fix the problem, technicians will replace the occupant restraint modules if needed or update the software free of charge. The recall campaign is expected to kick off this month, so owners of affected models should be notified by FCA soon to arrange an appointment with their local dealer.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time the Ram 1500 has been recalled this year, which raises concerns about the truck maker's apparent lack of quality control. Back in January the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 was recalled due to a power steering problem. The following month, another recall was issued for Ram Heavy Duty models due to steering linkage separation. Get it together Ram, will ya?