Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 253 units of its Ram 1500 pickup truck over an issue that can damage the vehicle’s spare tire.
The defect: affected vehicles may be missing a heat shield for the spare tire.
The hazards: without a heat shield, heat from the exhaust system may damage the spare tire. When used, the damaged tire may have a tread separation or side wall rupture, resulting in a loss of control and an increased risk of a crash.
Affected vehicles: 2016 Ram 1500 trucks with the 5.7L V8 engine and dual exhaust manufactured August 3rd, 2015, to August 10th, 2015.
Number of vehicles affected: 253 units in the United States.
The fix: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a spare tire heat shield if the vehicle is missing one. Vehicles that have already been sold will also have their spare tires replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Ram recall should visit recalls.mopar.com. There, owners will be able to enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open recalls as well as customer satisfaction programs.
Owners can also contact Chrysler customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Chrysler Customer Service: 1-800-853-1403
- Chrysler Recall Number: R58
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153)
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 15V663000