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Fiat Chrysler Recalls Ram Pickups As Power Steering May Fail

January 25, 2019 - 3:57 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 180,000 pickup trucks in North America to fix an electrical problem that can disable the power steering.

The recall covers certain Ram 1500 pickups from the 2019 model year. Most of the affected vehicles are in the U.S., the automaker said in a release out Friday, and one-third are still on dealer lots.

This comes as the company said an FCA US investigation discovered certain vehicles produced before Oct. 25, 2018, may have a battery ground-circuit fastener that was not secured properly and may become loose enough to intermittently create an open circuit, which disables the power steering.

If this happens, FCA said that while a driver would still be able to steer, the problem could lead to inconsistent steering feedback, which may contribute to oversteering or understeering, increasing the risk of crash.

While there have been reports of power steering loss in these trucks, FCA said the company is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.

Dealers will tighten the fasteners at no cost to vehicle owners.

Customers with questions or concerns can call 800-853-1403.