Pleasanton, CA – Aug 28, 2020 – Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) (NYSE: FCAU) has recalled 32,318 Ram pickups for an engine oiling issue. The recall includes:
- 2019-2020 Ram 3500 heavy duty trucks
- 2019-2020 Ram 4500 commercial trucks
- 2019-2020 Ram 5500 commercial trucks
The vehicles in questions are equipped with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines. A software problem can starve engine parts of oil as the car warms up. This could damage the engine and the related parts and cause a fire.
Car fires kill over 300 people a year on average and injure over a thousand, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Their report blames at least 20% of vehicle fires between 2009 and 2017 on equipment failures.
FCA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have not received any reports of injuries or deaths resulting from the Ram software problem.
Fire safety tips
If you suspect your engine is on fire:
- Stop your car someplace safe.
- Do not open the hood. Oxygen will rush in and feed the flames.
- Get yourself and others away from the vehicle, at least 100 feet.
- Call the fire department at 911 when you are in a secure location.
- Do not return to the vehicle for any reason.
The fix is a free software update that a dealer will upload to your vehicle. The new software will make sure that plenty of oil is sent to the engine as the car warms up. The repair should take less than half a day, and is currently available.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Over 32,000 vehicles are included in this Fiat Chrysler recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.