FCA US is recalling an estimated 156,498 2013 model-year Ram 3500 pickups and 2014-MY 2500/3500 pickups and 3500 chassis cabs in the U.S. because they may have faulty bracket welds that could lead to diminished steering response.
“An investigation by FCA US discovered certain supplied steering components may have welds with insufficient fusion,” the company said in a released statement. “This may lead to separation, which may affect steering; capability remains, but with diminished response.”
FCA added that it isn’t aware of any injuries tied to the problem. However, there has been one related minor accident.
In addition to the vehicles recalled in the U.S., the automaker is calling back 20,603 in Canada and 13,236 in Mexico for the same issue.
The vehicles in Mexico include certain 2014 Ram 1500 pickups exclusive to that market, FCA US said. An estimated 3,241 vehicles outside the NAFTA region also are affected. Truck owners will be advised next month to schedule a dealer inspection. If warranted, the brackets will be repaired.
A second mailing will advise customers to have a dealer install a reinforcement bracket, provided the vehicle wasn’t repaired in the campaign’s first phase. All service will be performed at no cost.
Truck owners with additional questions can reach the FCA US customer information center at (800) 853-1403.