Fiat Chrysler recalls Ram vehicles on fire risk

Delia Watkins
September 21, 2017

All vehicles involved have a 6.7 liter engine.

Fiat Chrysler announced the recall of almost half a million Dodge Ram trucks due to the possibility that a water-pump bearing could overheat and catch fire.

FCA issued the recall after it was determined that the water pumps could overheat in certain conditions posing an engine-compartment fire.

The vehicles affected include 2013 to 2017 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, as well as 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs.

The action covers only trucks with 6.7-liter engines, according to FCA. "Customers are urged to consult their dealers whenever they observe warning lights". Dealerships will inspect the water pump and replace it, if needed.

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All but 50,705 of the affected Fiat Chrysler vehicles were sold in the US market, with the remainder sold in Canada and other global markets, it said.

The company says it doesn't know of any crashes or injuries from the problem.

The Ram 2500 and 3500 are part of the brand's popular line of pickup trucks, along with the light-duty 1500.

FCA will notify customers directly to advise when servicing will be available. The action isn't the first one this year involving Ram pickups.

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