The pickup truck is one of the most enduringly popular varieties of automobile sold in the United States. Everyone from working-class folks to those who want to appear working-class loves the look and practicality of a heavy-duty truck that can tow, carry and take a beating and still make it to the job site and back.
If you own a Ram Heavy Duty truck, however, you could be in danger. Ram has recently issued a recall on their pickup trucks over a fire hazard that could pose a serious threat to driver safety. Read on to learn more about this recall, which vehicles are affected, and what to do if you’re included in the recall notice.
Ram’s parent company, Stellantis, confirmed that nearly 20,000 pickup trucks are included in the recall. The recall was announced as a joint statement from Stellantis and the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.
The new recall affects new 2021 Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks, specifically the 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 variants. This recall is specifically for those models outfitted with the 6.7-liter turbodiesel inline-six engine, according to Ram. Due to an error in the engines, there is an increased risk for an engine compartment fire due to faulty parts.
The faulty part in question is a malfunctioning relay in the Solid State Intake Heater Grid that these trucks sport.
The bad relay in the heater grid can short, according to the company, leading to an increased risk of an electrical fire in the engine compartment. As one might imagine, a fire in a gas-powered vehicle is extremely dangerous. Owners would be wise to park the trucks outdoors and away from any flammable structures or trees.
Stellantis has stated that they plan to begin informing owners if they’re included in the recall starting on April 30. However, the company does not currently have a fix ready for the issue. When such a fix is created, likely before the April 30 notice date, owners of recalled vehicles will be able to visit their dealership to get the fix free of charge.
In the meantime, the recall notice should give owners pause. It’s better to be cautious than to be sorry that your house burned down, so make sure you aren’t parking any 2021 Ram trucks in your garage or near your house. Until the fix is effected, it will be impossible to know when the engine could burst into flames.