FCA Recalls 500000 Ram Trucks Over Engine Fire Risk

Muriel Hammond
September 21, 2017

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Tuesday issued a recall for almost a half-million Ram pickup and work trucks to fix faulty pumps that could cause overheating and engine fires, marking the second major truck recall this year by the auto maker.

Chrysler is recalling more than 494,000 Ram medium- and heavy-duty trucks with 6.7-liter V8 engines in them.

The recall covers trucks made from 2013 to 2017. The recall is associated with the water pump, which could cause a fire under certain conditions. FCA traced the problem to a bad bearing in a water pump that could overheat and trigger the fire.

FCA also notes that it no longer uses the water pump in question.

"Compromised water-pump function may activate a warning light in an affected vehicle's instrument cluster". Fiat Chrysler encouraged customers to consult a dealer whenever a warning lights pops up.

The company isn't aware of any injuries or accidents related to the defect.

According to FCA's statement, the company is recalling 443,712 medium and heavy duty trucks in the USA, 46,220 trucks in Canada, and another 4,485 trucks world-wide.

The Dodge Ram logo on a pickup truck.

FCA will contact owners of affected vehicles by letter when service becomes available.

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