The Heat/Defrost System may not Function as Expected
Body, Interior & Misc., May 7, 2013
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Our Quick Take:
The windshield defrosting system may not work as expected due to lack of coolant flow through the heater core.
What Should You Do?
Chrysler will notifying owners of affected vehicles during June 2013. If you experience problems with the vehicle heating or windshield defrost system, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have please contact your dealer. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Chrysler recall number is N25.
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.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
May 7, 2013
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 1500 trucks manufactured manufactured June 25, 2012, through December 12, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the coolant bypass valve may stick in a position that does not allow coolant to flow into the heater core. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Vehicle Motor Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 103, "Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems."
Without a properly working windshield defrosting system, a buildup of moisture or ice could limit the driver's ability to see, increasing the risk of a crash.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace replace the suspect coolant valves along with an updated calibration, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N25.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration