Fiat Chrysler recalls Ram trucks over risk of falling wheels
Fiat Chrysler announces Ram truck recalls, and more than half a million units are affected. It was reported that the recall was due to an issue that could result in the wheels coming off and falling off the vehicles.
Models to be corrected
According to ABC News, Fiat Chrysler, now owned by Stellantis, said last weekend that it would recall certain models of Ram trucks to perform necessary repairs and resolve the issue. Based on this announcement, the automaker will recall the Ram 3500 pickup trucks, Ram 4500 Trucks and 5500 cab chassis.
The model date covers the units from 2021 to 2021, and these would mainly be sold in North America. It was explained that said models have dual rear wheels and flanged wheel nuts which could loosen and possibly cause the wheel to come off.
It has been reported that some of the service and owner’s manuals for Ram trucks contained incorrect torque descriptions to secure the lug nuts that hold the wheels in place on the hubs. It has been found that over-tightening these nuts could damage the wheel studs, and if that happens, the wheels could come off.
Fortunately, there are no reports of any accidents or injuries yet due to the mentioned issue with Ram trucks. Then again, Fiat Chrysler said the wheels were properly tightened when they were sold, so it is very likely that the affected units were only those on which the wheels were removed and reattached for service.
Fiat Chrysler voluntary recall
The automaker has voluntarily recalled some of the Ram truck models, and FCA US further said it will notify owners of the availability of service. The company also said that if there were any other questions or concerns regarding the issue, it could simply call 1-800-853-1403.
“There is no component fault and the torque applied when assembling the vehicle is within specification, so the recall condition can only be present in vehicles that have been subjected to disassembly. wheel as part of a maintenance or upgrade procedure, ”Stellantis said in a Press release. “Dealers are currently in possession of correct service instructions, and production vehicles now come with updated owner’s manuals. The campaign is limited to vehicles with dual rear wheels and lug nuts. flange.”