Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 model year Ram trucks to fix two separate problems.
The larger recall concerns a potential turn signal warning light defect. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 30,197. Affected vehicles include Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks built from September 9, 2012 through March 5, 2013 and equipped with optional premium tail lamps.
According to the NHTSA bulletin, the issue is that the turn signal indicator may not flash at a double rate to notify the driver of a malfunction in the turn signal. This does not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 106, “Lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment.”
A potential consequence is that with no indication that the turn signal is malfunctioning the driver would continue using the vehicle, being unaware that other drivers aren’t being alerted that the vehicle is turning. This increases the risk of a vehicle crash.
On its website, Chrysler said it was not aware of any accidents, injuries or complaints associated with this recall. The issue was discovered by Chrysler engineers during routine testing.
The remedy is that Chrysler will notify owners of affected 2013 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks. Dealers will reprogram the vehicle’s Central Body Controller software at no charge. In essence, this is a software upgrade to reactivate the warning light, a mandated safety feature. The tail lamp function is unaffected, according to Chrysler.
The Chrysler safety recall, identified as No. N35, is expected to begin in July 2013. In the meantime, owners of 2013 Ram trucks with any questions or concerns may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V237000.
The second recall affects about 1,253 2013 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks equipped with optional premium headlamps.
A notice on the NHTSA website indicates the build dates for affected Ram trucks is from January 7, 2013 through February 28, 2013.
Here, the problem is that the headlamp shutters may improperly function in high beam. This may reduce driver visibility and potentially blind oncoming traffic.
Chrysler will notify owners of affected vehicles and dealers will reconfigure the Central Body Controller at no charge. The Chrysler safety recall, No. N33, is expected to begin in July 2013.
In the meantime, owners of 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks with any questions or concerns may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. They may also contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V240000.
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