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Statement: Bracket Welds

September 10, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

FCA US LLC is recalling an estimated 156,498 heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. to inspect and repair, as required, bracket welds that may lead to diminished steering response.

An investigation by FCA US discovered certain supplied steering components may have welds with insufficient fusion. This may lead to separation, which may affect steering; capability remains, but with diminished response.

The Company is unaware of any related injuries. FCA US is aware of a single minor accident related to the condition.

Affected are certain 2013 Ram 3500 pickups, 2014 Ram 2500/3500 pickups and 3500 Chassis Cabs. Additional vehicles, estimated to number 20,603 in Canada and 13,236 in Mexico, are also subject to recall. The Mexico population includes certain 2014 Ram 1500 pickups exclusive to that market.

An estimated 3,241 vehicles outside the NAFTA region also are affected.

Affected customers will be advised next month to contact their dealers and schedule an inspection. If warranted, the brackets will be repaired.

A second mailing will then advise customers to have their dealers install a reinforcement bracket, provided their vehicles were not repaired in the campaign’s first phase. All service will be performed at no cost.

Customers with additional questions may call the FCA US Customer Information Center at 1-800-853-1403.

 

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RECALL Subject : Weld Failure may Reduce Steering Ability

Report Receipt Date: AUG 26, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V541000
Component(s): STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 149,512


Manufacturer: Chrysler (FCA US LLC)

SUMMARY:

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ram 2500 trucks and 2013-2014 Ram 3500 trucks and cab chassis manufactured October 9, 2012, to July 29, 2014. The affected vehicles may have inadequate welds securing the front track bar frame brackets, which may result in the bracket components separating from the frame.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the bracket components separate from the frame, the vehicle may be more difficult to steer and control, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin October 9, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is R46.
 
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