Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling an estimated 1.14 million 2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks equipped with a power locking tailgate and a 5-foot-7-inch or 6-foot-4-inch bed because of tailgate latch issues.
Specifically, the tailgate actuator limiter tab may fracture and cause the tailgate to unlatch and open while the vehicle is in motion. In the event that this occurs while driving, cargo may fall out of the vehicle, creating a road hazard and increasing the chance of a crash.
The recall could affect all three cab configurations (regular, crew, and extended). FCA offered the 6-foot-4-inch bed on all cabs and the 5-foot-7-inch bed with only the crew cab model. FCA also offered an 8-foot bed on the regular cab.
To fix the problem, Chrysler will notify owner, and dealers will repair the Ram vehicles at no cost to owners. The recall begins Sept. 14. Owners can reach Chrysler customer service at (800) 853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is U74.