Some tailgates on recent fourth-generation Ram models may have power locking mechanisms that can fail unexpectedly.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles started a recall campaign for 2015 – 2017 model Ram pickups for tailgates that can fly open. The power locking tailgates on these models can fail without warning, potentially unlatching the tailgate while the truck is in motion.
This recall campaign affects 1.4 million Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks built from model years 2015 through 2017 with either 5-foot-7 or 6-foot-4 beds. However, 8-foot beds aren’t part of the recall, as well as trucks equipped with manual tailgate locks. FCA says customers will be notified when their trucks can be serviced.
In total, the recall affects 1.1 million Ram trucks in the U.S. market. However, approximately 260,315 trucks in Canada and 19,432 in Mexico. Outside the NAFTA region, FCA included approximately 25,361 trucks in the recall. FCA is urging owners to pay attention to recall notices, and those with questions can call their Customer Care Center at 866-220-6747. The company is not aware of any deaths or injuries that have stemmed from locking mechanism failures.
FCA did not include the 2019 Ram 1500 as part of the recall campaign, as it has a redesigned tailgate mechanism. Stay tuned to TFLtruck.com for more recall updates! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Truck and TFLnow for more news, views and real-world reviews.