Improper Illumination From High Beams
Electrical & Lights, June 4, 2013
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Our Quick Take:
Vehicles equipped with the optional premium headlamp system may not provide the proper illumination when the high beams are selected.
What Should You Do?
Chrysler will notify owners of the affected vehicles beginning in July of 2013. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Chrysler recall number is N33.
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.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
June 4, 2013
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Potential Number of Units Affected:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks manufactured January 7, 2013, through February 28, 2013 and equipped with optional premium headlamps. The headlamp shutters may function improperly when in high-beam mode. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."
Improper headlight shutter function during high beam use may reduce the drivers visibility and possibly blind oncoming traffic. Either condition may increase the risk of crash.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reconfigure the Central Body Controller, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N33.
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