Dodge Ram Pickup Truck Tailgates Unexpectedly Open Leading to Vehicle Recall
DETROIT, MI - Macon.com reports that over 1.4 million Dodge Ram pickup trucks are being recalled after it was discovered that the vehicles’ tailgates can unexpectedly open while the vehicle is in motion. The Tailgates involved are equipped with power locks.*
Trucks manufactured between 2015 and 2017 that are Ram Models 1500, 2500 and 3500 are subject to the recalls. Government documents from the United States and Canada indicate that the defect could cause cargo in the trucks to come out of the truck and fall onto the road, increasing the risk of serious accidents.
To date, the company has not heard of any reported crashes or any injuries associated with the defective tailgates. There have been over 5,800 complaints related to the problem. Owners of the recalled vehicles can bring their trucks to dealers where the locking mechanism will be fixed for free.
In late 2017, Fiat Chrysler issued a previous recall of 1.8 million Dodge Ram trucks over a defect that could cause the vehicles to roll when they are supported to be in park. This recall impacted only vehicles with a shifter located on the steering column. This defect was connected to a number of reported injuries. The company told drivers to use their parking brakes until they were able to have the defect corrected. Also, in 2017, over 1.25 million Rams were recalled because of a software issue that could cause the failure of airbags and seat belts in rollover collisions. This defect had potentially caused at least one fatality and two injuries. The problem could be corrected by reprogramming of the onboard sensor.
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