Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 at 2:41 pm
According to the New York Times, Fiat Chrysler recently announced that it plans to recall about 1.8 million Ram pickup trucks that can be shifted out of park without the driver’s foot on the break. The Times reported that Fiat Chrysler acted after getting reports of 7 people suffering minor injuries and a small “number” of crashes that could be related to the problem.
Fiat Chrysler stated that based upon the reports it received, it has traced thee problem to a part known as a brake transmission shift interlock. This is a device that normally prevents the vehicle from being shifted out of park unless the brake pedal is suppressed. Fiat Chrysler determined that under some circumstances, heat can build up around the gear shift and after prolonged exposure to heat, the shift interlock can fail to work properly.
A spokesperson for Fiat Chrysler stated that the company was developing a fix and “we urge customers to use their parking brakes as recommended and to ensure that child occupants are not left unattended” until the fix is available and installed in the trucks in question.
The recall will cover several variations of Ram pickups from the 2010-2017 model years.
Its latest recall involves shifters that are mounted on the truck’s steering column. Ram trucks with floor mounted shifters are unaffected by the recall.
It is estimated that approximately 1.8 million of the vehicles being recalled are located in the United States. The remainder were sold primarily in Canada and Mexico.
Source: An article appearing at NYTimes.com on December 22, 2017 entitled, “Fiat Chrysler to Recall 1.8 Million Ram Trucks Over Rollaways” by Neal E. Boudette.