FCA US LLC is recalling an estimated 66,819 older-model pickup trucks equipped with manual transmissions so dealers can replace the clutch ignition interlock switches.
The global recall covers certain Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 vehicles, as well as Dodge Dakota and Mitsubishi Raider vehicles.
The automaker said it is aware of one fatality related to the problem.
FCA US, formerly known as Chrysler Group, said its engineers discovered that the switches in certain 2006 and 2007 model-year pickups may be equipped with an alternative type of spring wire that’s more prone to breaking. If the wire breaks, the truck may not start. In rare cases, FCA US said, unintended movement can occur if the driver doesn’t follow recommended starting procedures.
Switches with the alternate wire were not used in any vehicles produced before July of 2005 or after June of 2006, FCA US said. The Dakota and Raider are no longer in production. The latter was built for Mitsubishi under terms of an assembly contract.
An estimated 54,558 of the recalled trucks are in the U.S., while 4,356 are in Canada. Approximately 7,648 are in Mexico, and 257 are outside the NAFTA region.
The automaker will begin notifying truck owners about the recall on Feb. 13. In the interim, drivers are advised to follow recommended procedures for starting their trucks. These procedures include activating the truck's parking brake, placing its shift lever in the neutral position, and pressing the clutch pedal before turning the ignition key.
Truck owners can reach FCA US at (800) 853-1403.