Stellantis, the parent company of Dodge, is telling the owners of nearly 306,000 Ram diesel trucks to park them outdoors and away from buildings. The reason for this warning is an electrical connector the company used during manufacturing can overheat and cause a fire. The company said Wednesday it’s recalling the trucks to replace the connectors after getting reports of six potentially related fires. In one case, the owner reported that a fire started after the truck’s engine was shut off.
The recall covers certain Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cab trucks from the 2021 through 2023 model years. All have 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines with older heater-grid connectors. Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, says it will begin notifying owners by letter next month. But starting Thursday, owners can go to the MOPAR site and key in their vehicle identification numbers to see if their trucks are part of the recall.
The Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) published the report “Safe at Home” which points to numerous instances when the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an independent federal regulatory agency, and manufacturers knew of safety issues with products, but a recall wasn’t issued until months or even years later.
“It takes way too long,” said Teresa Murray, the report’s author, in an interview with MarketWatch. And the consequences can be serious, the PIRG report makes clear. Murray cites examples of faulty products, from gas ranges to treadmills, that resulted in injuries or property damage. The CPSC and companies were made aware of the problems, but reports continued to pile up before a recall notice went out.
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