The 2019 Ram 1500 is being recalled due to a potential defect that could kill the power steering.
Luckily, the fix is surprisingly simple.
The 2019 Ram 1500 is a game changer in the full-size pickup market. An enormous infotainment screen combines with mild-hybrid technology and a host of driver assistance software to make it the most advanced truck on the road today. Not to mention the air suspension which makes it the smoothest ride on four wheels.
Unfortunately, Fiat Chrysler might have been a little bit too quick to ship the Ram 1500 out the door. They’re all being recalled now due to a technical glitch that could cause the power steering to fail, thus increasing the risk of a crash.
About 182,000 trucks are being recalled worldwide, with about a third of them still on dealer lots waiting to be sold. Most are in the United States and Canada, but there are a few of them elsewhere.
At issue is the battery ground-circuit fastener, which might not be properly secured. Normal operation of the vehicle might cause it to become loose, creating an open circuit that will give the driver inconsistent feedback or just kill the power steering entirely.
There are no accidents or injuries reported, thankfully, but this still something you probably don’t want to mess with. Trying to wrestle a big truck like the Ram 1500 to ground without power steering is not an easy task even for the strongest of persons.
On the plus side, the fix is super simple: just tighten the fastener. If you have some knowledge of your truck’s inner workings you could probably do it yourself. Otherwise, just let the dealer do it for you, free of charge.
The recall date is still to be announced, but it’ll be within the next 2 months or so as required by US law. Owners will be notified by mail or be contacted directly by their dealership to book their truck in for a quick fix. You can check your truck on the NHTSA website to see if you’re part of the recall, but if you own a 2019 Ram 1500, you probably are.