Ram parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 1,149,237 pickup trucks for an issue with power tailgates that could result in the tailgate suddenly opening while trucks are in motion. This issue affects only certain Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks from the 2015-17 model years equipped with a power locking tailgate. This includes trucks optioned with 5-foot 7-inch beds and 6-foot 4-inch beds alike.
The issue involves a problem with the tailgate actuator limiter tab: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says this tab can fracture and cause the tailgate to unlatch while the truck is in motion, simply due to inertia. Needless to say, this can cause cargo to fall out of the bed, possibly resulting in an accident.
NHTSA does not state if any crashes or injuries have already occured as a result of this technical issue or what percentage of trucks on the road it estimates this issue to affect.
FCA plans to begin the recall on Sept. 14 of this year and will begin notifying affected owners and dealers. The automaker and NHTSA also do not state what owners should do prior to the beginning of the recall — whether they should avoid carrying cargo at all — or if the technical fix for this issue will involve the installation of same part or a different tailgate actuator limiter tab to fix the problem.
Owners who have questions about the recall can contact FCA directly at 1-800-853-1403 and use recall code U74. Owners can also contact NHTSA by visiting safercar.gov or by calling 1-888-327-4236.