FCA Recalls Ram Pickups to Repair Air Bags, Seat Belt Software

June 10, 2019 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling hundreds of thousands of 2019-2020 Ram 1500 pickup trucks. The reason: A software glitch may disable the air bags and precrash seat belt tighteners.

The software issue affects 2019 Ram 1500 trucks built from Oct. 31, 2017, to April 29, 2019, and 2020 model-year Ram 1500 trucks built from April 8, 2019, to May 21, 2019. Excluded from the recall were similar 2019 and 2020 model-year trucks built with updated software.

FCA said it did not know of any instances in which the air bags or seat belt pretensioners failed in a crash. The chance of an injury in a crash increases if the air bags don’t deploy, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says.

Recalled vehicles total 343,000, including 295,981 in the U.S.

An air bag warning light could alert customers to the problem.

Dealers will reprogram the software for free if needed. The recall is expected to begin July 20. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall number is 19V-407.

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