Ram 1500 Classic recalled because of driveshaft concerns

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 10,160 of its 2018 to 2019 Ram 1500 Classic pickup trucks because the rear driveshaft could detach from the truck as the result of an incomplete weld. That could result in a loss of drive power, causing the truck to roll to a stop, plus a detached part could create a road hazard, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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The driveshaft is a component that takes the power generated by the engine and routes it to the drive axle, which then turns the wheels of a vehicle. NHTSA says the pickups will lose power only if they are in rear-wheel-drive mode.

Drivers may hear a noise or feel a vibration before the weld completely separates, NHTSA says.

FCA says it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue. The automaker says it discovered the problem in the wake of warranty claims, all for trucks that had traveled fewer than 5,000 miles. The automaker says it will reimburse owners who have already paid for a repair if the owners provide proof of payment.

The Details

Vehicles involved: 10,160 Ram 1500 Classic 4x4 pickup trucks built from March 16, 2018, through April 20, 2018.

The problem: An incomplete weld could crack, which could cause the rear driveshaft to crack. The driveshaft could then fall off the truck, potentially causing a loss of power and creating road debris.

The fix: Dealers will replace the rear driveshaft at no charge to owners. The automaker says it will reimburse owners who have already paid for a repair, if the owners provide proof of payment. The recall is expected to begin June 15, 2019. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 800-853-1403. The FCA recall number is V48.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V324

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