Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling is recalling about 343,000 Ram pickups to deal with a software glitch that may turn off airbags and seatbelt pretensioners.
An FCA investigation found that on vehicles equipped with occupant restraint control modules, turning off the engine may cause the modules to not properly reset, inadvertently disabling airbags and seatbelt pretensioners as a result, which would mean they would not function as required in the event of a collision. Data collection as shown that the chances of the occurrence are highly remote, and the company is not aware of any incidents arising from the issue.
However, the company is requesting that customers return their pickups to dealerships in order to update the software and/or to replace the module, if the condition had resulted in an instrument panel warning light to illuminate. The company expects to start alerting owners later in June 2019.
The recall affects 2019 Ram 1500 pickups, nearly a third of which are still in dealerships. The action affects 342,836 pickups, 295,981 of which are in the US and federalized territories, 38,884 in Canada, 1,817 in Mexico and 6,154 outside of North America. The issue also affects early-build 2020 models, all of which are still in the company’s control (26 of them).
Customers will be contacted by mail, but those wanting more information can call (800) 853-1403.