Ram Recalls 180000 Trucks Over Shifter Issue

Ram Recalls 180000 Trucks Over Shifter Issue

Ram's recall involves some 2017 to 2018 2500 and 3500 pickups, 2017 to 2018 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs, 2016 to 2017 3500 chassis cabs weighing less than 10,000 pounds and a few 2017 to 2018 1500 pickups.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says the issue is present on trucks with column-mounted gear shifters, in which the BTSI may fail when subjected to long periods of brake pedal application while the vehicle is in Park.

Ram will voluntarily recall about 181,000 trucks in the U.S.

Ram recommends setting the parking brake to prevent inadvertent movement.

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USA government documents say if the brake pedal is pushed for a long time when the trucks are running and in park, the brake-shift interlock pin can become lodged in an open position, increasing the risk of an unintended rollaway. The company also said some 2017-18 Ram 1500 pickups are included in the campaign, "but heavy-duty trucks represent the majority of affected vehicles".

The problem lies in the brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI), which may overheat on certain Ram trucks and cause the shifter to move from "park" without pressing on the brake pedal. So far, FCA and Ram are unaware of any injuries or accidents related to this recall.

The fix: Dealers will test the operation of the BTSI and update the truck's software and replace parts, if necessary.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall. In December 2017, the automaker recalled an estimated 1.46 million trucks in the US spanning the 2009-17 model years due to BTSI overheating.