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Ram Expands Pickup Truck Recall to Eliminate Roll-Away Risk

Michigan Automaker Launches Second Recall of Ram Trucks

Ram pickup trucks are being recalled because of the risk for shifting out of park without the ignition engaged or a foot on the brake and causing an accident. The second recall for this truck includes nearly 229,000 newer models and is in addition to a December 2017 one that included 1.8 million Ram pickup trucks for the same issue. The Michigan-based automaker has included the 2017 and 2018 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 series pickups to the new recall list. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said the biggest issue will occur if the brake pedal on the truck was pushed in for too long while running in park, that could increase the risk of a roll-away as a pin could get stuck.

Back in December 2017, seven injuries had been reported that could be related to the original recall that covered around 1.4 million trucks in the United States, 249,520 in Canada, 42,747 in Mexico and an additional 14,950 worldwide and covered these certain trucks:

  • 2009 through 2017 Ram 1500s
  • 2010 through 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500s
  • 2011 through 2017 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs
  • 2016 and 2017 Ram 3500 chassis cab less than 10,000 pounds

Although there have not been any reports of crashes or injuries directly related to this latest recall, safety reports say the recall still applies to Ram trucks that have shifters mounted on the steering column. To fix the issue, customers and drivers can have their truck’s brake-transmission shift interlock repaired. The recall is expected to start on March 30. Dealers will make updates and repairs as necessary free of charge. The company would also like to urge customers to “use their parking brakes, as recommended, and to ensure that child occupants are not left unattended.”

Using Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) To Identify a Recall

Common products are recalled each day. Vehicles and vehicle parts are included in that list. If you are ever unsure if your car, motorcycle, or truck has been recalled, you can simply check by using your unique 17-character VIN via the NHTSA’s online recall portal.

What is included in an online VIN search?

  • Vehicle safety recalls that are incomplete
  • Vehicle safety recalls conducted over the past 15 calendar years
  • Vehicle safety recalls conducted by major light auto automakers, including motorcycle manufacturers

What is NOT included in an online VIN search?

  • Completed safety recall information
  • Manufacturer customer service or other non-safety recall campaign
  • International vehicles
  • Very recently announced safety recalls for which not all VINs have been identified
  • Safety recalls that are more than 15 years old (except where a manufacturer offers more coverage)
  • Safety recalls conducted by small vehicle manufacturers, including some ultra-luxury brands and specialty applications 

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Vehicle recalls have proven to lead to serious accidents, injuries, and sometimes death. With offices throughout Michigan, the Lee Steinberg Law Firm are positioned to help the victims of dangerous and faulty vehicles anywhere in the state. If you or a loved one were injured because of a recalled vehicle or involved in an accident because of someone else’s recalled vehicle, please call Lee Free and speak to our expert attorneys at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733). You can also contact us by filling out our simple Free Case Evaluation Form.