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Dodge Ram 3500 Recall 05V462000

Automatic Transmission May Be Left In Reverse By Driver

Drive Train, March 20, 2006

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

On trucks with diesel engines, when attempting to quickly exit the vehicle with the engine running, the driver may accidentally leave the automatic transmission in reverse. This could allow rearward movement of the vehicle.

What Should You Do?

This is not a recall, but is an important safety campaign. Please contact your Dodge dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Summary:

On trucks with diesel engines, when attempting to quickly exit the vehicle with the engine running, the driver may accidentally leave the automatic transmission in reverse. This could allow rearward movement of the vehicle. Dealers will perform a software modification to equip these vehicles with an out-of-park alarm. This is not a recall, but is a safety campaign and the work should be covered free of charge. The Chrysler campaign number is E17.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2003, 2004, 2005

Manufacturer's Report Date: March 20, 2006

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V462000

NHTSA Action Number: EA04025

Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:LEVER AND LINKAGE:COLUMN SHIFT

Potential Number of Units Affected: 250,433

Summary: ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH DIESEL ENGINES AND AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS, IN AN ATTEMPT TO EXIT THE VEHICLE QUICKLY WITHOUT SHUTTING OFF THE ENGINE AND REMOVING THE KEY, THE DRIVER MAY INADVERTENTLY LEAVE THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SHIFT CONTROL IN INDICATED REVERSE.

Consequence: THIS ERROR IS AN UNINTENDED ACTION THAT MAY RESULT IN A LACK OF TRANSMISSION PARK PAWL ENGAGEMENT AND POSSIBLY DELAYED REARWARD MOVEMENT OF THE VEHICLE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL PERFORM A SOFTWARE MODIFICATION TO EQUIP THESE VEHICLES WITH AN OUT-OF-PARK ALARM. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes: DAIMLERCHRYSLER CAMPAIGN NO. E17.THIS ACTION IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN AND IS NOT BEING CONDUCTED UNDER THE SAFETY ACT.THE COMPANY HAS INFORMED NHTSA THAT IT WILL PROVIDE THE MODIFICATIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE FREE OF CHARGE.

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