2019 Ram 1500 recall

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling an estimated 295,981 Ram 1500 pickup trucks from the 2019-2020 model years over concerns that the software that controls airbag deployment and certain seat belts can fail, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A software error may occur when the engine is turned off, NHTSA says. If a computer module doesn't properly reset, the airbags and seat-belt pretensioners wouldn't work properly in a collision.

A seat-belt pretensioner acts in a split second to tighten the belt and better hold its occupant in place. That helps airbags work as intended and reduces the likelihood of passenger injury.

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“Data collected by FCA US indicate the potential for such an event is highly remote,” FCA said in a statement. The company says it's unaware of any related injuries or accidents.

An instrument panel warning light may illuminate if a truck experiences the problem.

FCA says about a third of the recalled trucks are still at dealerships, and the 2020 trucks are pre-production models that the automaker still owns.

The repairs are expected to be available this month.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 295,981 Ram 1500 pickup trucks from the 2019-2020 model years, built from Oct. 31, 2017 through May 21, 2019. 

The problem: Software in the computer module that controls the airbags and seat belt pretensioners may become corrupt. If that happens, those systems would be disabled.

The fix: Dealerships will reprogram the module or replace it as necessary at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact FCA US LLC customer service at 800-853-1403. FCA's numbers for this recall are V61 and V71.

NHTSA’s campaign number: 19V407.  

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