Recall Alert : RAM 1500 Trucks
303,000 Ram 1500 Trucks Recalled For Sagging Gas Tanks
March 15, 2018 —
Fiat Chrysler (FCA US) is recalling 303,000 Ram 1500 trucks because the gas tanks can sag and possibly fall off due to corroded brackets.
The 2009-2012 Ram 1500 trucks are recalled only in the following states where road salt is typically used:
Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Chrysler says an internal investigation found that although the brackets can corrode, testing indicates the remaining structural components will help to prevent the fuel tanks from completely falling away.
The Ram 1500 fuel tanks are made of a high-density polyethylene, but any sagging fuel tank is a danger, although FCA says it hasn't received any reports of crashes, fires or incidents where the gas tanks separated from the trucks.
The automaker says about 270,254 trucks are in the U.S., about 26,676 are in Canada, an estimated 1,063 are in Mexico and more than 5,000 trucks are outside North America.
Chrysler says Ram 1500 drivers should pay attention to any straps hanging from the fuel tanks and listen for any noise coming from under the trucks. If you observe these issues or see your gas tank sagging, contact your dealership immediately.
Chrysler didn't say when the recall will begin, but concerned owners should call the automaker at 800-853-1403.
March 8, 2018 NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V160000
Front Fuel Tank Strap Bracket may Corrode
If the fuel tank were to drop and contact the ground, a fuel leak may result. Additionally, in the event of a crash, the fuel tank may not remain secured to the vehicle, possibly causing a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence in an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V160000
Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)
Components FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected 270,254
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2009-2012 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks currently, or ever registered, in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Exposure to environmental conditions such as water mixed with road salt may cause the front fuel tank strap frame "T-Slot" bracket to corrode, possibly causing the fuel tank to drop and make contact with the ground.
Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will bolt a bracket reinforcement to the frame, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 27, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is U04.
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