Ram Pickup Truck Recall Issued Over Concerns Brake Pedals May Fall Off
Nearly 200,000 Ram pickup trucks are being recalled because the brake pedals could fall off during operation, increasing the risk of an an accident.
The Ram brake pedal recall was announced last week by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), following at least two customer complaints that the brake pedal separated from the assembly. If this occurs while in motion, it may result in an accident with the heavy-duty pickup truck.
The recalled Ram trucks are equipped with a new adjustable brake pedal, which allow drivers to adjust the height. However, design problems may allow the adjustable pedal to fall off.
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According to the NHTSA, two customers reported incidents where the foot pedal detached from the brake pedal framing. The first incident was reported on December 11, when a customer experienced the detaching pedal while the vehicle was parked.
Following the report, Chrysler (FCA) opened an investigation, and received another incident report on January 31, 2019. To date, no injuries have been reported in relation to the recall.
FCA consulted with their parts supplier, Batz Mexicana Sa De Cv, of Mexico and determined the brake pedal assemblies have the potential to over travel the frame during adjustment.
The recall impacts about 193,813 model year 2019 Ram 1500 pickup trucks equipped with adjustable pedals that were manufactured by FCA US LLC of Auburn Hills, Michigan from October 31, 2017 through January 15, 2019. The recalled vehicles were distributed for sale throughout the United States to licensed dealers.
FCA announced it will begin notifying owners of the issue and will provide instructions on how to schedule a free repair at their local dealer, who will be instructed to repair the adjustable pedal free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 27, 2019.
Customers with additional questions or concerns regarding the recall are encouraged to contact Chrysler’s Customer Service at 1-800-853-1403 and reference the recall campaign number V07.
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