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1.35 Million Ram Trucks Recalled for Inadvertent Airbag Deployment

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/12/2015 Jason Udy

FCA is voluntarily recalling certain 2012-2014 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups, as well as Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab models for a faulty wiring harness related to the airbag. The Problem: In certain vehicles, the steering wheel wiring harness may wear due to contact with a spring, which could cause a short circuit leading to a possible driver-side airbag deployment. In some vehicles with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), the airbag warning light may illuminate if the issue is present. Not all affected vehicles will have an illuminated warning light.
The automaker says less than 1 percent of vehicles with the issue have had an inadvertent airbag deployment according to warranty data analysis. FCA is aware of two injuries, but no accidents related to the issue.

The Fix: FCA is currently notifying affected customers by mail to schedule service where dealers will inspect every affected vehicle and tie back the wiring harness and install protective caps on the airbag retainer spring-ends as required. Customers can contact the automaker here or the IIHS here for more information. 2014-Ram-2500-Heavy-Duty-Outdoorsman-4x4-front-view-02© Provided by MotorTrend 2014-Ram-2500-Heavy-Duty-Outdoorsman-4x4-front-view-02

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Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: FCA is recalling certain Ram pickups including 1.06 million model-year 2012-2014 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups and 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab models as well as approximately 235,925 in Canada; 26,543 in Mexico and 23,635 outside the NAFTA region.
Source: FCA

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