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Was My Dodge Ram Recalled?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 6-Jun-2017

Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall for more than 1.2 million pickup trucks due to a dangerous software error. According to Fiat Chrysler, the software error can temporarily disable the side air bags and seat belt pretensioners during rollover crashes.

It is important to know whether your vehicle is affected by this recall because side air bags and seatbelt pretensioners can save your life. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims 1,000 lives could be saved each year in the US if all vehicles were equipped with side air bags. Seat belt pretensioners automatically retract when air bags deploy. This mechanism pulls vehicle occupants into car seats, placing them in a safer position to receive protection from airbags.

Fiat Chrysler dealerships will reprogram affected vehicles at no cost. According to the auto manufacturer, the recall will begin in late June. Affected vehicles include the following models:

  • 2013-2016 Dodge Ram 1500 and 2500 pickup trucks
  • 2014-2016 Dodge RAM 3500 pickup trucks

Fiat Chrysler is investigating two crashes that may be linked to the software error. According to the company, these crashes involved one death and two injuries.

Fiat Chrysler has been fined in the past for failing to report vehicle crash deaths and injuries. The automaker agreed to a $105 million settlement with NHTSA for recall lapses covering 11 million vehicles.

Can I Receive Free Repairs for My Dodge Ram?

You can use safercar.gov to see if your vehicle is currently under recall. Automakers are required by law to fix defective parts under recall at no cost. Vehicle owners injured by defective parts may have legal options to file lawsuits. Damages from a product liability lawsuit can help pay for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost income, as well as pain and suffering.

The Washington DC car accident attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help you explore possible legal options for holding auto manufacturers accountable for defects.

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