Auburn Hills, MI – November 28, 2022 – Stellanits (NYSE: STLA), which owns the RAM brand, is recalling 248,342 heavy-duty pickup trucks over a transmission fluid leak. This may lead to a vehicle fire, increasing the risk of injury or property damage.
The recall comes on the heels of multiple complaints about the issue and at least one injury.
All recalled trucks have a 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo-Diesel engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The following models are affected:
- 2020 – 2023 RAM 2500
- 2020 – 2023 RAM 3500
The transmission in these trucks has a dipstick, which is a long metal strip used to check the transmission fluid level. In the affected vehicles, a pressure buildup within the transmission’s housing may cause a leak through the dipstick’s tube. The fluid may then come into contact with “an ignition source within the engine compartment,” causing a fire.
A fire dramatically increases the risk of bodily injury or property damage for the occupants of the car.
A leaking transmission dipstick may trigger a Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) on the dashboard.
Background of the recall
The recall comes after 48 complaints and field reports about the issue. There was also one “minor injury” leading up to this announcement, according to Stellantis data.
Other RAM 2500 recalls
Just a month ago, there was a RAM 3500 recall due to the risk of stalling because of an electrical short, as reported. The recall also included other vehicles.
This month, there was another stall-related recall which included over 60,000 Jeep and RAM 1500 vehicles, also reported.
In June, there was a RAM 2500 recall due to faulty rearview cameras.
The carmaker is working on a solution for this problem. Once it becomes available, the repair will be free of charge.
Vehicle owners will receive detailed notifications on December 30, 2022.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Nearly a quarter million trucks are affected by these RAM transmission issues. To check all Fiat Chrysler recalls and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.