Steering-column gear shift problems are causing Fiat Chrylser Automobiles (FCA) to recall 1.48 million Ram pickup trucks. Occupants may inadvertently move the vehicles’ gear-shifters out of the “park” position, FCA said in an announcement, as the result of a malfunctioning brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI).
The BTSI may not function properly if subject to specific high-temperature conditions for prolonged periods, the company said, adding that the conditions are consistent with those that occur when there is protracted brake-pedal application while a vehicle is idling in park.
FCA said it was aware of seven possible injuries related to the malfunction and several possible accidents.
Affected are certain 2010-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups; 2011-2017 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs; 2016-2017 Ram 3500 chassis cabs with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of less than 10,000 lbs. Certain 2009-2017 Ram 1500 pickups are also included in the campaign. Certain 2009-2017 Ram 1500 pickups are also included in the campaign, but heavy-duty trucks represent the majority of the affected vehicles.
All model-year 2017 trucks built after Dec. 31, 2016, are excluded.