Is This the Smallest Auto Recall of All Time?

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When cars and trucks are recalled, the number is usually in the thousands. In rarer cases, more than a million vehicles might be involved. But we’ve never heard of a single truck being recalled–until now!

Just One Truck in All the World

The recall was issued for a solitary 2019 Ram 1500. Specifically, the truck built on December 8 of 2018. The truck has a faulty instrument cluster in the dashboard, which means that some parts of it might not illuminate correctly.

According to the official recall notice, that’s a pretty serious glitch. “Failure of the instrument cluster to properly illuminate may prevent the driver from receiving warnings about the vehicle’s systems and increase the risk of crash.”

The recall comes after Ram parent company Fiat Chrysler noticed the problem in other models in March of this year. They recalled the vehicles in question to begin fixing the issue, but the company discovered that some Ram 1500 trucks might also have the faulty instrument cluster.

In the end, they determined that only a single truck was affected.

A Simple Fix–A Great Story to Tell

The fix is easy, and whoever got the golden ticket for this recall will need to have the instrument cluster replaced and the software updated. In the event that the owner had already noticed the problem and had it repaired, they will be reimbursed by the company.

Now that the vehicle has been identified, Fiat Chrysler intends to notify the owner on or before September 13. Do you think they’ll send out a generic letter or send someone in person? It’s a unique situation when auto recalls–such as the ongoing Takata airbag recall–can involve millions of vehicles.

If you own a 2019 Ram 1500 and think that your truck might be the subject of this recall, you can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. The number for this recall is V83. If you are the owner, then you can expect to enjoy 5 minutes of fame as the sole subject of an official auto recall.