Ram Recalls Pickup Trucks for Faulty Backup Cameras

Drivers might not be able to see behind them when backing up, which increases the risk of a crash

2021 Ram 1500 Limited Photo: Stellantis

More than 14,000 newer Ram 1500 pickup trucks are being recalled because their backup cameras may stop working when the vehicle is in reverse. The problem affects only trucks from the 2021 model year that are also equipped with a specific trailer reverse steering option.

The fault is caused by a software problem involving the trailer reverse steering system, which helps drivers back up more easily when a trailer is attached. In addition to the backup camera not displaying an image, owners may notice a warning light for the vehicle’s electronic throttle control illuminated on the instrument panel behind the steering wheel.

There is an increased risk of crash or injury if the backup camera’s image does not properly appear when the vehicle is in reverse. In addition, the vehicles will not comply with federal safety standards until the backup camera is repaired.

Ram dealers will perform a software update to fix the backup camera, free of charge.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2021 Ram 1500 pickup trucks with trailer reverse steering manufactured between June 12, 2020, and April 16, 2021.

The problem: A problem with the trailer reverse steering module might prevent the vehicle’s backup camera from operating properly. If this happens, drivers will not have as much visibility behind the truck.

The fix: Ram dealers will update the trailer reverse steering module software, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Ram will notify owners of affected vehicles by the end of July. Owners may also contact the manufacturer directly at 800-853-1403.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V438. Ram’s own number for this recall is Y30.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.