FCA Recalls 2019 Ram 1500 Pickups; Power Steering Could Fail

February 18, 2019 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling certain 2019 Ram 1500 pickup trucks. An improperly secured battery ground fastener could cause the power steering to fail and increase the risk of a crash.

A loss of power steering could vary the steering effort required, leading to over- or understeering.

The recall covers 159,740 trucks sold in the U.S. FCA said it is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.

It is the second safety recall in the last month for the 2019 Ram 1500, which was named North American Truck of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

The earlier recall involved the possible separation of the brake pedal on models equipped with adjustable pedals.

FCA plans to tell owners and dealers about the power steering recall on March 15. Dealers will properly secure the 12-volt battery ground fastener for free.

The trucks were assembled at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant from Oct. 31, 2017, to Oct. 25, 2018. The plant updated the torque specification for the driver’s side front fender ground fastener for trucks built later.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall number is 19V-020.

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