By CRM Staff
Auburn Hills, Michigan — May 14, 2017 — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling roughly 1 million pickup trucks across North America after discovering a glitch in the vehicles’ software that could prevent side air bags and seatbelts from deploying during a rollover.
The recall affects approximately 216,000 vehicles in Canada, with the remaining vehicles found mostly in the US and Mexico. The recall includes some 2013-16 Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups and 2014-2016 Ram 3500 pickups.
The issue seems to occur when some of the trucks experience an underbody impact. Under these conditions, one of the computer modules incorrectly reads this a sensor failure, and temporarily disables both the seat belt pretension and side airbag. The restraints resume proper functioning if the vehicle is turned off and then on again.
The recall is expected to being June 23. FCA will reprogram the software in the effected vehicles free of charge.