Fiat Chrysler has recently announced that it is recalling 2014 to 2015 models of the Ram 1500 Quad Cab pickup trucks as they have been fitted with side air bag inflatable curtains (SABIC) that may not inflate properly. This can pose a significant safety risk to the rear seat occupant of the affected vehicles. According to the Safety Recall Report, as much as 188,047 vehicles may be affected by the SABIC-related recall.
The problem was identified last July 22 when the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) tested the 2015 MY DS Quad Cab pickup was tested for compliance. on July 27, NHTSA informed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (FCA US) that the said vehicle the compliance test involving the driver-side lower most rearward target location.
On August 12, NHTSA then visited FCA US’ Auburn Hills complex where a similar compliance test was conducted on the 2015 MY DS Quad Cab pickup. The vehicle also failed the said test. The following day, FCA US also tested the 2014 MY DS Quad Cab pickup. The said model also failed the compliance test. On August 18, FCA US has decided to conduct a voluntary recall for all affected vehicles.
FCA US plans to begin notifying dealers about the vehicle recall starting September 18. Meanwhile, the notification of owners is expected to be done from September 25 to October 2.
FCA US admits that they have not yet determined a remedy for the failed SABIC’s. Nonetheless, the company says states that it has a longstanding policy and practice of granting reimbursement to owners who have already incurred costs related to the recalled vehicles’ problem.
Meanwhile, USA Today also reports that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is also recalling recent model Ram pickups to be able to conduct a check or repair with regard to steering wheel wiring harness issues and bracket weld problems. The earlier issue have already caused two injuries while the latter has already caused one accident. This brings the total of recalled Ram pickups to almost 1.7 million.