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Fiat Chryser recalls diesel Ram 1500 pickups over fire concerns

Microscopic cracks in exhaust gas recirculation coolers might leak coolant

Published: October 25, 2019, 10:30 PM
Updated: October 28, 2019, 10:08 PM

Ram 1500

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) is recalling about 160,000 diesel pickups to address a problem with exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers.

Ram 1500

Through an internal investigation brought about from dealer service reports and other data streams, FCA was able to identify microscopic cracks in some EGR coolers that may result in coolant leaks, which could potentially lead to engine fires.

The company is aware of several incidents of small fires resulting in four minor injuries when customers attempted to manually extinguish engine compartment fires.

Ram 1500

The recall affects only the previous generation of Ram 1500 pickups (2014-2019 model years), a total of 159,787 pickups, 107,898 of which are in the US and federalized territories, 50,159 in Canada and 1,730 outside North America.

FCA will notify customers to schedule service, once a fix is available. In the meantime, the company is advising customers to monitor their coolant levels and to contact dealers if they notice them getting low.

Ram 1500

Customers of the affected diesel pickups (not gasoline-fuelled pickups or any diesel pickups from years outside 2014-19) can get more information at (800) 853-1403.