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
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
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
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.