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FCA Recalls 500,000 Ram Trucks Over Engine Fire Risk

2017 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 Heavy Duty with Cummins Diesel

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will voluntarily recall more than 443,000 heavy-duty pickups and medium-duty trucks in the U.S. to replace a faulty water pump, the automaker said on Tuesday.

The vehicles affected include 2013 to 2017 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, as well as 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs. The recall also applies to more than 46,000 vehicles in Canada and another 4,500 outside of North America.

FCA discovered that some Ram vehicles with the 6.7-liter turbodiesel Cummins engine are equipped with a water pump bearing that could overheat and potentially lead to an engine fire. The water pump may activate a warning light in the instrument cluster if the bearing becomes compromised.

The automaker is not aware of any injuries caused by the issue and has stopped using the part.

The 6.7-liter engine uses one of two different types of water pump. If the one causing the issue is discovered, it will be replaced.

The Ram 2500 and 3500 are part of the brand’s popular line of pickup trucks, along with the light-duty 1500. The three models combined for nearly 490,000 sales in 2016, according to industry research firm Autodata Corp., making Ram pickups the third best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

Through the first eight months of 2017, sales of the truck have increased by 4.6 percent to nearly 328,000 vehicles compared with the same period last year. Ram is also preparing to launch its next-generation 1500 pickup that will debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a new high-tech interior.

FCA will contact owners of affected vehicles by letter when service becomes available. Automakers are expected to issue the notification to owners within 60 days, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Anyone with questions can contact the automaker’s US Recall Information Center at (800) 853-1403.

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