Fiat Chrysler is recalling the new Ram 1500 pickup over a problem with the truck’s safety software that controls the airbags and seat belt tensioners.
The Ram 1500 is having a rough few weeks for recall issues. At the end of May, over 410,000 Ram pickups were recalled for a tailgate that could spring open completely without warning, making smash fingers and dented metal a distinct risk. Those were previous-gen Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks.
Now we’re being told that the latest 2019 and 2020 Ram 1500 has another issue, this time affecting airbags and seat belt tensioners--two things you definitely want in perfect working order at all times.
According to the NHTSA recall filed May 31st, the issue is with the 1500’s flash memory for the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC). Apparently, the flash card can become corrupted and cease functioning, which means that both the airbags and seat belt pretensioners will also cease functioning because they were controlled by the ORC.
We shouldn’t have to tell you why both these things are very bad if you were to ever get into an accident. Airbags are shown to significantly decrease your chances of injury, and seatbelt pretensioners ensure you’re tightly strapped to the seat and not flung through the windshield should a crash ever occur.
The NHTSA reports that not having either system working will "Increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.” Which is a bit of an understatement.
No mention of accidents or injuries were made, but again, this is a no brainer to get fixed as soon as possible. FCA will either repair or replace the chip free of charge at a certified Ram retailer. Notifications will start to be sent out July 20th to new truck owners. Those looking to confirm if their truck is part of the recall can check the NHTSA website or call Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.