Recall Alert: The 2021 Ram 1500 Is Facing Camera Problems

Uh oh, there is a little trouble in Ram 1500 paradise. The 2021 Ram 1500 is facing a recall due to issues with the rearview camera display. See if your truck is at risk and what you need to do if it is. 

2021 Ram 1500 recall for camera problems 

A 2021 Ram 1500 Limited EcoDiesel towing a boat
2021 Ram 1500 Limited EcoDiesel | Stellantis

According to Torque News, you could face a potential problem while hauling your boat, camper, or ATV this summer with the 2021 Ram 1500. An issue with the trailer steering module is causing the recall of about 14,000 trucks. 

Ram engineers found that some of the trailer reverse steering modules aren’t shutting down correctly. As a result, it’s causing problems with the display. The trucks aren’t displaying correct rear view images while in reverse. 

Federal safety rules require the rearview camera to require the reverse camera system to default to the rearview image when backing up. But in some cases, drivers are seeing an electronic throttle control warning light instead. 

What to do if your truck is at risk 

If your 2021 Ram 1500 is at risk of this recall, you will be notified in August. Ram expects to mail the recall notices by July 30. However, that’s a long time to wait! You can go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site here and enter your 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if your truck is affected. Owners with questions or concerns can call 800-853-1403. The recall number is Y30. 

Ram dealers will fix the trailer reverse steering modules by updating the software, so at least it’s an easy fix. You will need to return to a Ram dealership to have your software updated for free. You don’t have to go to the same place where you purchased your truck. A local dealership will perform the maintenance. 

We recommend calling ahead or checking online to schedule an appointment in advance. This way, you reduce the chance of getting stuck in a waiting room for hours. Then you’ll be back to properly reversing in no time! 

Does the Ram 1500 have electrical issues? 

A 2021 Dodge Ram 1500 in a field.
2021 Dodge Ram 1500 | Stellantis

According to Consumer Reports, one of the main issues that bring down the predicted reliability rating for the 2021 Ram 1500 involves in-car electrical problems. The issues were reported by drivers but don’t go into detail. 

So, we had to go to CarComplaints to learn more. The 2019 Ram 1500 has nearly 100 complaints listed about electric problems. The problems involve the speedometer not working, the infotainment screen going blank, the engine cutting off, the instrument cluster going blank, and more. 

The 2020 model has about 21 electric problems listed. Owners reported that the emergency brake would automatically engage during stops, the engine stalling, driver’s aid features failing to operate correctly, and more. 

Fewer problems have been reported on the 2020 model. This could mean that the issues are being resolved. Or drivers have had less time to accrue mileage. Either way, the reports of electrical issues are relatively low. Electrical issues shouldn’t be a significant concern.

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