FCA US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 1.66 million trucks in the U.S. to help prevent occupants from inadvertently moving the vehicles' gear-shifters out of the "park" position.
The recall is limited to vehicles equipped with shifters mounted on their steering columns. Those with rotary-dial shifters or floor-mounted shifters are unaffected.
Affected are certain 2010-2018 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups; 2011-2018 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs; and 2016-2018 Ram 3500 chassis cabs with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of less than 10,000 lbs. Certain 2009-2018 Ram 1500 pickups are also included in the campaigns, but heavy-duty trucks represent the majority of affected vehicles.
The FCA campaign numbers for this safety recall are T79 and U11.
Parts are currently available to remedy this condition on 2017 and 2018-model year trucks only. Any authorized Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge or RAM dealer can repair affected 2017 and 2018 trucks, free of charge. To do this, the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock function will be tested and replaced if necessary. Additionally, the Body Control Module will be reprogrammed.
VINs are currently searchable on our recalls.mopar.com website. Though parts for both of these recalls will show available, a remedy fix is not yet ready for 2009-2016 trucks. Affected customers can sign up for email or SMS notifications by calling 1-800-853-1403 and speaking with a Recall Specialist.
An FCA US review of field data led to the discovery that Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) may not function properly if subject to specific high-temperature conditions for prolonged periods. The conditions are consistent with those that occur when there is protracted brake-pedal application while a vehicle is idling in park.
If BTSI becomes disabled, a vehicle's shifter may be moved out of park without brake-pedal application, or the presence of a key in the ignition. In such circumstances, a vehicle may exhibit inadvertent movement - if its parking brake has not been set, as recommended in FCA US owners' manuals.
The Company is aware of seven potentially-related injuries and a small number of potentially-related accidents.
In the meantime, FCA US urges all customers to use their parking brakes, as recommended in their owners' manuals, and to ensure that child occupants are not left unattended.