Certain headlight systems use an adjustable "shutter" which is mounted in front of the headlight bulb and partially blocks the beam depending on the high/low beam selection. Certain 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks are being recalled because the shutter may not function correctly in the high beam mode, resulting in too much or too little illumination. Improper illumination can result in reduced driver visibility or blinding of oncoming traffic, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will reconfigure the Central Body Controller to correct this concern.
Coolant flow through the heater core provides heat to the interior of the vehicle when necessary. This heat helps the windshield defrosting system keep the windshield free of excess moisture and ice. A buildup of moisture or ice could limit visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. These vehicles are being recalled because the coolant bypass valve may stick in a position that does not allow coolant to flow into the heater core. Dealers will replace the suspect coolant valve and update the vehicle calibrations to correct this concern.
Federal regulations mandate the vehicle parking brake must hold on a 20% grade. These vehicles are being recalled because the parking brake cable equalizer may have been set incorrectly and the parking brake system will not hold the vehicle as required. Failure of the parking brake could cause the vehicle to roll unexpectedly. Dealers will reset the parking brake equalizer as required to correct this concern.
Most modern engine are have a cosmetic cover on top of the engine. On these vehicles, this cover can trap an excessive amount of heat, resulting in an under hood fire. Dealers will replace the engine cover with a revised design to correct this concern.
The nut securing the rear axle pinion my loosen because an adhesive patch was not installed during vehicle assembly. If the nut loosens, the axle can lock up with little warning, resulting in a loss of vehicle control and/or a crash. Dealers will install a pinion nut retainer to correct this concern. This is an expansion of a previous recall, NHTSA number 12V474000, Chrysler number M34. The Chrysler recall number for this recall is N08.
The affected vehicles have a spare tire that does not match the specifications listed on the tire placard. If installed, the incorrectly sized spare tire may unexpectedly activate the electronic stability control (ESC) system, altering its effectiveness and increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and repair these vehicles as necessary to correct this concern.
Certain vehicles may have been assembled with a left outer tie rod ball stud that may fracture; others may have received the affected tie rod assembly as a replacement part during normal service. This condition tends to occur during low speed parking lot type maneuvers when the driver is making a tight turn. This condition could result in a loss of directional stability in the left front wheel, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the tie rod ends, replace the left outer tie rod end as required, and perform a front end toe alignment as needed. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. The Chrysler recall number is L16.
Chrysler is recalling certain 2011 Ram 1500 trucks because a rear axle bearing may fail, causing the axle to seize. Failure of the axle may cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will perform the necessary repairs free of charge.
Chrysler is recalling certain 2010-2011 Dodge Ram trucks equipped with a diesel engine and hydroboost brake system because the brake pedal may be slow to return after brake application. A slow returning brake pedal will cause the brake lights to be slow to extinguish, which can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the power steering reservoir cap in order to lessen the vent pressure in the reservoir.
The vehicle certification label may list improper weight and seating capacity information, which could result in overloading the vehicle and lead to a crash. Chrysler sent replacement labels free of charge to owners of affected vehicles. Dealers can verify completion and replace the label if not done yet free of charge.