Peoples Digest Online – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Friday issued a recall for an estimated 1.2 million Ram pickup trucks in North America to fix a glitch in safety system sensors, linking the problem to one death and two injuries.
The recall impacts certain 2013-2016 model year Ram light-duty 1500, medium-duty 2500 and heavy-duty 3500 trucks, about one million of which are in the U.S., with another 216,007 in Canada and 21,668 in Mexico, the company said.
FCA said it “is aware of one fatality, two injuries and two accidents that may be related.” It didn’t provide further details on those incidents.
The faulty sensors could temporarily disable deployment of side air-bags and seat-belt tightening mechanisms in the event of a vehicle rollover after “a significant underbody impact,” it said.
The recall is the largest issued by FCA since May last year when it recalled about 4.3 million 2004-2012 model year vehicles to replace their front-passenger air bag inflaters following the recommendation of supplier Takata Corp. , whose air bags have been implicated in multiple deaths and injuries in the U.S. FCA said then it wasn’t aware of any accidents of injuries involving its vehicles.