Ram has announced a pair of recalls for over 880,000 pickup trucks in total, related to the steering in HDs and the pedals in the Ram 1500.
The first recall affects 573,876 Ram HD models in the US, 62,734 vehicles in Canada and 17,682 in Mexico. The company says that steering-linkage parts may separate over time in the 2014-207 Ram 2500, 2013-2017 Ram 3500 and the 2014-2017 Ram 3500 chassis cab models.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) opened an investigation into the trucks in December 2018, determining that the drag link can separate on these trucks, leading to a loss of steering.
Ram says it is aware of eight “potentially related” incidents, one of which lead to injury. While travelling at highway speeds around a bend, one driver experienced the linkage failure, causing them to leave the road. The driver survived the incident but there were injuries.
The second recall affects 193,813 half-ton pickups in the US. Ram says that if the adjustable pedal feature is set to its rear-most position, it is possible that the brake pedal may fall off. The brand doesn’t recommend using the feature while driving, but if this were to happen while the truck was moving, the risk of a crash would increase.
FCA says it is unaware of any incidents or injuries related to this issue, and is urging customers to not use the adjustable pedal feature while the vehicle is in motion.
The recall is limited to certain model-year 2019 Ram 1500 pickup trucks with adjustable pedals.