Fiat Chrysler issues two recalls for 700,000 vehicles

485,000 Ram pickups and 208,000 Chrysler Pacifica minivans affected

Published: May 17, 2019, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:55 PM

2016 Ram 1500 Rebel

Fiat Chrysler is issuing two separate recalls affecting approximately 700,000 vehicles

The largest of the two affects just over 485,000 Ram pickups from model years 2015-18 with potentially faulty tailgate locking mechanisms (trucks equipped with manual tailgate mechanisms are not affected by the recall). The recall affects Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups with 8-foot beds, of which 410,351 are in the US and federalized territories, 63,753 in Canada, 4,020 in Mexico and 6,985 outside North America.

An FCA investigation uncovered that the power locking mechanisms in certain tailgates could contain a faulty internal component that could break, resulting in the tailgate unlatching. The company is not aware of any incidents resulting from the issue.

FCA will send out notices to owners asking them to schedule service appointments to have the power tailgates inspected and the mechanisms replaced as needed. Until that time, the company is advising owners to ensure that all loose cargo is secured while driving.

The company is also recalling 208,181 Chrysler Pacifica minivans from model years 2017-19 to inspect a battery cable that could hamper some of the vehicle’s electrical systems. Of the total number of vehicles, 198,731 are in the US and federalized territories, 8,294 are in Canada and 1,166 are in Mexico.

A company investigation uncovered a wiring harness that may be contaminated with sealer, which may interrupt an electrical circuit, resulting in the minivan stalling or losing power steering. FCA is not aware of any incidents relating to the issue.

The company will contact owners to book service to have the wiring harness inspected and cleaned, as necessary.

Customers who wish to check on the status of their vehicles can reach the FCA Customer Care Centre at (800) 853-1403.