Fiat Chrysler Recalls More than 880,000 Pickup Trucks in North America over Pedal and Steering Issues

It seems that automobile manufacturer recalls are pretty common these days.  At the same, cars are getting more and more complicated, so there are many little things that can slip through the cracks. 

For example, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced early this week, the recall of 882,000 pickup trucks, globally, in two individual cases in order to address pedal and steering problems. 

On Tuesday, the Italian-American car manufacturer said the steering recalls affect approximately 660,000 vehicles.  This includes a total of 574,000 heavy-duty Ram 3500 model pickup trucks made between 2013 and 2017 as well as Ram 2500 pickup trucks and Ram 3500 Chassis cabs from the 2014-2017 model years.

According to the recall, Fiat Chrysler said that a nut could potentially loosen and if this happens it could reduce steering controls. Unfortunately eight accidents possibly related to this issue have already been reported, resulting in only one injury. 

In addition to the steering recall, Fiat Chrysler has also said the global pedal recall includes some 222,000 Ram 1500 pickup trucks from the 2019 model year.  Fiat Chrysler has let it be known that, fortunately, at least one-third (and probably more) of these vehicles are still located on dealer lots; that means they can be repaired before they are sold or delivered to customers. 

The second recall is intended to improve the security of the brake pedal. This vehicle has an adjustable pedal feature that allows the driver to adjust pedal positioning. The recall is related to an issue that can result in the brake pedal falling off when the adjustable feature is activated and the pedals have been moved to their rear-most position. 

Unfortunately, this latest set of recalls adds to what has already been a tough year for Fiat Chrysler, even though we are barely into the second month. Only a month ago, the carmaker issued a recall of nearly 180,000 Ram 1500 pickup trucks, also from model year 2019.  This issue was also in regards to a similarly loose nut—a fastener—that simply needed further tightening and securing.  Without the repair, this issue would have also lead to power steering loss that could lead to more complicated—and dangerous—steering issues. 

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