Fiat Chrysler Recalls 107,898 Pickups for Cracked Components that Cause Fires
On Friday Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced it is recalling 107,898 Ram pickups in the US and 50,159 of the same trucks in Canada after uncovering cracked emissions-control components that can cause fires. The microscopic cracks are in the exhaust-gas recirculation coolers in 2014-19 Ram 1500 trucks. The cooler is part of the system that reduces tailpipe pollutants in diesel-powered vehicles.
When the cracks are present, there's an increased fire risk. The company said it knows about “a number of small fires" and four injuries that occurred when customers tried to put out fires.
FCA says that owners of the vehicles should monitor their coolant levels and contact a dealer if levels are low. The recall doesn’t include the newest-generation 2020 diesel Ram 1500 or any gasoline-powered Ram 1500 from any model year.
Owners can reach their dealer through the FCA customer-service line, at 800-853-1403.