Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling certain units of the Ram ProMaster van with the 3.0L diesel engine over a compliance issue with the stability control system. The issue could result in a loss of vehicle stability, increasing the risk of a crash.
The defect: in affected vehicles, if the driver has disabled the electronic stability control (ESC) system, the system is required to be reactivated the next time the vehicle is started. The recalled vehicles have an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) control module that may not reset the ESC to active status when the key is turned off and back on quickly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, “Electronic Stability Control Systems.”
The hazards: operating the vehicle with the ESC off may increase the risk of a crash.
Affected vehicles: 2016 Ram ProMaster vans manufactured October 21, 2015 to December 17, 2015 and equipped with 3.0L diesel engines.
Number of vehicles affected: 57 units (United States figure).
The fix: FCA will notify owners, and dealers will the update ABS control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early March 2016.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Ram ProMaster 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: S04
- 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: 16V076000