Recall Alert: 280,000 Ram Heavy Duty Trucks Are Affected and Just May Start Fires

Stellantis recalled 280,000 Ram heavy-duty (HD) diesel trucks due to fire risks. The company advises owners to pack their vehicles outside and away from structures while they wait for a recall repair. These precautions will protect the owners and their properties from an engine fire.

If you are planning to purchase this vehicle, you may want to learn about it and the reasons for the recall. Here is more information on the features of the Ram HD trucks and the recall alert.

Features of the Ram HD trucks 

A blue RAM HD truck parked outdoors.
Ram HD truck | Stellantis

Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are HD trucks recalled by the manufacturer. Both models have a 39-inch-wide grille and a chiseled snout. The wheels also come in different designs and have 20-inch polished aluminum rims.

Ram HD trucks have a running board that deploys automatically once the door opens. These allow you to enter and exit the vehicle quickly. The trucks also have bed steps for more effortless loading or offloading luggage. Another notable exterior feature is a strut connecting the rear box pillar to the tailgate. This serves as a dampener and facilitates easy trunk opening and closing.

Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks have a power release tailgate with key fob control. With this feature, you can open the tailgate without leaving your vehicle. Ram HD trucks have high-tech cabin features. For instance, they come with a digital rearview mirror with a liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor. Besides, the trucks have Off-Road Pages with full-color 3D graphics. 

Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 have a 12-inch infotainment system with navigation. This feature allows complete personalization and has up to five user profiles. Further, it supports dual-phone connectivity to improve passenger convenience.

Other interior features of Ram HD trucks are:

  • Noise cancellation systems
  • Filigree stitching on the seats
  • Multiple seating configurations
  • Leather seats
  • Natural wood and aluminum accents

Ram 2500 has a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel I6 engine and a towing capacity of up to 20,000 pounds. The payload capacity is 3160 pounds, with 370 hp. Ram 3500 features a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel I6 engine. Its towing capacity is 37,090 pounds, and it features a 420 hp. The vehicle also has a payload capacity of 6,570 pounds.

More information about the Ram HD truck recall alert

According to The Drive, excessive pressure can build up in the engines of Ram HD trucks. This issue causes heat to build up, leading to a high risk of transmission fluid leaks. Such problems could spark an engine fire.

Stellantis recorded 16 vehicle fires between March and October 2022. One person also sustained minor injuries in such an incident. The company is working on fixing the heating problem. HD truck owners can use their vehicles while observing safety precautions before repairs. 

Stellantis notes that a warning light might show before a transmission fluid leaks. Hence, Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 users should contact dealers if they notice such an issue. This way, the technicians can examine the vehicle and advise accordingly. Likewise, HD truck owners may avoid losses resulting from fires.

The issued Ram HD trucks recall alert affects vehicles using 68RFE transmission and 6.7l Cummins engine. However, it doesn’t impact trucks that come with the Aisin ASC69RC transmission.

How to know if you are eligible for the Ram recall

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To determine whether the ram HD truck recall affects you, confirm your vehicle identification number (VIN). This is a 17-character alphanumeric identifier on the driver’s side of the dashboard, below the windshield. You can also find your VIN on the driver-side door label or the vehicle registration and insurance documents.

Once you locate the VIN, check if the recall affects you using the Ram website. Alternatively, use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.