There are some serious cargo-carrying advantages when it comes to owning a pickup truck. You can haul around unimaginable amounts of firewood with no damage to your interior; you can finally get rid of that upright grand piano you never play, all by yourself; you can tow literal boatloads. Unfortunately, as a bunch of Ram owners are discovering, the reward of a luxurious open-air bed comes with its own set of risks — namely, opening without your consent.
More than 1.1 million Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups with power locking tailgates are affected by a new recall for the tailgate. The tailgate actuator limiter tab may fracture, leading to the tailgate opening and all that precious cargo tumbling out. As a Ram owner, you don’t just want to avoid losing your cargo, you also want to avoid anyone following you having to dodge rolling logs.
Here are the details:
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1.1 million model-year 2015-17 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 Problem: The tailgate actuator limiter tab may fracture and cause the tailgate to unlatch and open while driving, which may lead to cargo falling out, creating a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Dealers will repair the Ram for free.
What Owners Should Do: Ram parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will begin notifying owners on Sept. 14. Owners can call the automaker at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. To check for other recalls, and to schedule a free recall repair at your local dealership, click here: Ram 1500; Ram 2500; Ram 3500
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