Auburn Hills, MI – November 14, 2021 – Stellantis (NYSE: STLA), which owns the Dodge brand, is recalling 131,177 of their heavy-duty pickup trucks that may develop an electrical fire inside the engine compartment. This increases the risk of injury.
This recall is an expansion of a previous recall, comes on the back of multiple fires and customer complaints and includes the following vehicles with Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel engine :
- 2021 Ram 2500
- 2022 Ram 2500
- 2021 Ram 3500
- 2022 Ram 3500
- 2021 Ram 4500
- 2022 Ram 4500
- 2021 Ram 5500
- 2022 Ram 5500
The engines of the vehicles that are part of this Ram truck recall have an electrical heater that warms up the air coming into the engine to help it get to running temperatures faster. The heater is controlled by an electrical relay, or a switch.
Recalled vehicles’ switches may short circuit and overheat, causing a fire inside the engine compartment. This can happen both while driving as well as when the vehicle is parked and the engine is turned off.
The component in question is a solid-state intake heater grid relay, with part number 68444169AA.
Background of the recall
This recall appears to be an expansion of a smaller recall conducted in April. The first recall involved the relay with the same part number and affected about 19,000 of the 2021 RAM trucks, as reported. Both relays were made by German manufacturer Eberspaecher. The manufacturer became aware of at least eight fires leading up to the recall.
The flames and smoke may distract the driver and other motorists, which may lead to a crash. In addition, the driver may fail to stop the vehicle in time for its occupants to leave it in a safe manner. Both increase the risk of an injury or an accident.
Park your vehicle away from buildings and other vehicles until the final repair is completed.
For tips on what to do if your vehicle catches fire, please read this article relating to car fire safety.
Other Ram recalls
Over 23,000 RAM ProMaster City vans were recalled in late October because of turn signal indicators that may stop working, increasing the risk of an accident.
The 2020 model-years included in this recall are also being investigated by the U.S. auto safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) because they may stall while in motion, as reported.
Dealers will inspect and replace the relays if necessary. Notifications about the repair will be sent to vehicle owners around December 3, 2021.
Is your vehicle a part of this recall?
This Ram recall includes more than 130,000 vehicles, including the widely-popular 2021 Ram 2500 Cummins truck. To see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.