Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling more than 300,000 Ram pickups from model years 2009-2012 due to corroded fuel-tank brackets.
An internal investigation revealed a fuel-tank bracket may corrode over time, allowing the fuel tank to sag out of position, though FCA adds that the tank’s other structural components prevent the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) tank from separating and dropping to the ground (which might lead to a substantially bigger problem).
Because it resulted from an FCA investigation, the company is unaware of any incidents related to the issue.
The recall affects a total of 303,262 pickups, 270,254 of which are in the US, 26,676 in Canada, 1,063 in Mexico and 5,269 outside the NAFTA region.
In the US, the recall is limited to 20 states in what’s commonly referred to as the “snow belt” — Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia — where works departments traditionally used road salt to mitigate icy conditions.
FCA will advise owners of the recall with instruction on when to schedule bringing their trucks in to have the brackets inspected and replaced as needed. If owners are alerted to the condition due to a noise or if they see the vehicle’s fuel tank sagging or a strap hanging, they are advised to contact a dealer to arrange an inspection.
Owners of affected vehicles can also contact (800) 853-1403.