Fiat Chrysler recalls 110,000 Ram Promasters over fire concerns

Engine cooling fans on Ram ProMasters could stop working, overheat and catch fire

Published: November 29, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: December 5, 2019, 9:14 PM

2018 Ram Promaster

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) is recalling about 110,000 Ram ProMaster vans to deal with fan motors that could overheat and potentially lead to a fire.

Ram Promaster - When Chrysler and Fiat hooked up five years ago, the former’s version of the Mercedes-Benz’ Sprinter cargo van was quietly shown the door. Now the Ram brand is ready with its new ProMaster line of commercial cargo vans, and the full-size version packs a pretty unique feature: front-wheel drive. That means no need engineer drive shafts of varying lengths, which is pretty slick, along with a lower load floor, which the vertically-challenged elves will surely appreciate. Santa gets either Ram’s corporate 3.6-litre V-6 or optional 3.0-litre EcoDiesel four-cylinder, with six-speed automatic transmissions all around. As with its rivals, in full-bore length and height it offers over 13,000L of available room, although the front-drive setup does limit towing to a ‘mere’ 2,310 kg.

The risk arises from engine cooling fans on 2015-18 Ram ProMaster vans equipped with air-conditioning. On those models, the cooling fans could become inoperative, leading their respective fuses to fail to offer protection from overheating, which raises the potential of fire. The issue will be detected by instrument cluster warning lights, which FCA urges customers not to ignore.

The recall affects a total of 109,402 Promaster vans — 99,128 trucks in the US, 8,025 in Canada and 2,249 in Mexico.

2014 Ram Promaster Van

The company is not aware of any incidents arising from the problem but is urging customers to switch off their engines should the warning lights come on, and contact their dealerships. Owners of vehicles affected by the recall will be contacted when a fix becomes available for their vans. Customers can call (800) 853-1403 with questions or concerns.