Recall 18V486000

Tailgate Unlatches And Opens While Driving

Recall Details

The latch actuator limiter tab may fracture for the tailgate, resulting in the tailgate unlatching and opening while driving. Dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge (the repair procedure is not available at the time of this writing) to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The tailgate of the vehicle may unlatch and open while driving due to a portion of the latch actuator fracturing. This can cause cargo to fall from the vehicle and create a road hazard and risk of accident.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Ram truck must be performed by a Ram dealership. Chrysler will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in September, 2018. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Ram dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Chrysler recall number is U74.

Body, Interior & Misc., July 27, 2018

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
July 27, 2018
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2015-2017 RAM 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks equipped with a power locking tailgate and either a 5 foot, 7 inch or 6 foot, 4 inch bed. The tailgate actuator limiter tab may fracture and cause the tailgate to unlatch and open while driving.
If the tailgate latch releases and the tailgate opens while driving, cargo may fall out, creating a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicle, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 14, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is U74.
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
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