Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 230,000 trucks across North America.
The news of Fiat Chrysler’s recent recall comes hot off the heels of December’s even larger recall that affected 1.8 million Ram trucks. It’s even a similar issue, all centered on the truck’s gear shifter.
Fiat Chrysler sent out a recall notice to 228,508 Friday for Ram pickups in USA, Canada, and Mexico. The issue was with the truck’s Brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI) which may overheat if the driver keeps the brake pedal depressed while in park. If the interlock overheats the shifter can reposition without the brake pedal being applied or the key even being in the ignition.
This could cause a Ram driver to suddenly find themselves in drive and careening into their garage door.
Theoretically, anyway. So far, Fiat Chrysler hasn’t heard of any injuries or accident as a result of the defect, but they’re doing the right thing and recalling the trucks anyway.
The affected tricks are:
-Some 2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups.
-Some 2017-18 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs.
-Any 2017-18 Ram 3500 chassis cabs that weigh less than 10,000 pounds.
Some smaller 2017-18 Ram 1500 pickups are also a part of the recall, "but heavy-duty trucks represent the majority of affected vehicles," according to Fiat Chrysler. In general, the recall affects larger trucks with gear shifters in the steering column, which is to say most of them.
Owners of such vehicles will be notified by Fiat Chrysler and will have their trucks fixed free of charge. Customers that have been in accidents or find themselves in their living room when they were previously parked in their driveway can contact customer service to demand restitution and a new TV. Maybe even a bigger one.
Last December, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.8 million trucks for a very similar issue. Even without the brake pedal being engaged it was possible for the driver to shift out of park. Once again, customers were directed to Fiat Chrysler customer service if they had anything to claim.