Recall Alert: 2013 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 Pickup Trucks

By Matt Schmitz  on June 13, 2013

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Chrysler is recalling 30,197 model-year 2013 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks due to a problem with the exterior lighting system that may prevent the driver from being notified of a turn-signal malfunction, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Affected vehicles were manufactured between Sept. 9, 2012, and March 5, 2013, and are equipped with optional premium taillights. The turn-signal indicator may not flash at a double rate to alert the driver that the signal is malfunctioning, which is in violation of federal safety standards. Without the malfunction warning, the driver may continue to use the vehicle, unaware that other drivers on the road are not being notified of a turn, increasing the risk of a crash.

Chrysler will notify owners starting in July, and dealers will reprogram the central body controller software for free. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-247-9753 or the NHTSA’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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