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248,000 Ram HD Trucks Recalled for Fire Risk

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Ram is recalling more than 248,300 of its 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks for a potential fire risk from leaking transmission fluid. Affected vehicles include model-year 2020-23 2500 and model-year 2020-22 3500 heavy-duty trucks equipped with the Cummins 6.7-liter turbo-diesel engine and 68RFE transmission.

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The issue stems from a build-up of pressure and heat within the transmission that may result in a fluid leak from the dipstick tube. The fluid could come in contact with the ignition source of the engine and lead to a fire, resulting in injury or property damage. Ram says one minor injury has been reported due to this issue, but there are no related fatalities.

The remedy is currently under development, and Ram parent company Stellantis will begin notifying owners Dec. 30. Those with further questions can call the automaker at 800-853-1403 (Ram’s number for this recall is ZA3), 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.

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