Ram is recalling 222,000 diesel trucks in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump flaw that also is the subject of a class-action lawsuit.
The brand, owned by global automaker Stellantis, is recalling 2019-2020 Ram 2500, 3500 pickup trucks, and Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 cab chassis vehicles equipped with Cummins 6.7-liter turbo diesel engines.
The high-pressure fuel pump in the trucks may fail without warning causing a sudden stall that could lead to a crash.
Ram will tell owners to take the trucks to its dealers. Service technicians will replace the pump, update the powertrain control module software, and inspect and replace additional fuel system components as necessary, free of charge.
Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on Jan. 1. Owners may contact the automaker’s customer service department at (800) 853-1403. Ram’s number for this recall is Y78.
The automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that is aware of 495 customer assistance records, 6,399 warranty claims related to this issue starting in August 2018. It said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries potentially related to the defect.
RAM CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT
One law firm alleges that Ram only recalled the trucks after it filed its lawsuit on behalf of owners.
“In our view, Fiat Chrysler’s massive global recall of the same trucks included in our lawsuit is a smoking gun,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman and attorney representing affected truck owners.
“We want truck owners, regulators and the public to know is that this defect poses a significant risk to the safety of drivers of Dodge Ram trucks and others sharing the road,” Berman said. “Failure of the fuel system from this defect causes sudden and unexpected shutoff of the vehicle’s engine while in motion and an inability to restart the vehicle – serious events that could lead to injury or fatalities.”
The firm filed the lawsuit filed Oct. 22, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.