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FCA recalls 182,000 Rams over steering concerns

Ram 1500s may have a loose fastener, leading to a loss of power steering

Published: January 25, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: January 30, 2019, 4:51 AM

2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling over 182,000 Ram pickups to inspect reports of power steering loss.

2019 Ram 1500

A company investigation revealed that vehicles produced in October 2018 or earlier may have a battery ground circuit fastener that may not have been secured properly, eventually working its way loose to occasionally create an open circuit. When that happens, it could lead to inconsistent steering feedback, and although the driver would still retain steering control but might not be able to effectively steer out of an oversteer or understeer situation.

FCA says it is not aware of any incidents resulting from the issue, and adds that an estimated one third of them are still in dealerships.

2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman Crew Cab

The recall affects a total of 182,238 Ram 1500s from 2019, 159,740 of which are in the US and federalized territories, 18,682 in Canada, 407 in Mexico and 3,409 out of the NAFTA region.

Dealership technicians will inspect and tighten the fastener to specifications.