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Over 2 Million Ram Trucks Recalled for Unintended Airbag Deployment

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On: Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 2:05PM | By: Teddy Field

Over 2 Million Ram Trucks Recalled for Unintended Airbag Deployment

Bam! Airbags are meant to save lives, but, sometimes, they can smack you in the face like an angry girlfriend. And if you drive a 2012-2015 Ram pickup, you may not be as safe as you thought...

Airbags are designed to explode when you hit something, giving you a sort of pillow to fly into. But if the electronics that control them aren't functioning properly, those exploding pillows could randomly detonate and cause all kinds of problems. Fiat-Chrysler discovered just discovered how big a problem that can be, and has issued two separate recalls to deal with the issue.

The first recall covers four-door versions of the 2013-2015 Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and Ram 3500. It seems the impact sensor in the rear doors may be calibrated too "sensitively", and slamming said doors could deploy the airbag and activate the seatbelt tensioners. Fiat-Chrysler says the problem affects 667,406 trucks sold in North America, 153,011 sold in Canada, and another 23k sold in other countries. Two minor injuries have already been linked to this problem.

The second recall covers the 2012-2014 Ram 1500, Ram 2500, Ram 3500, Ram 4500, and Ram 5500. On trucks fitted with the optional Electronic Information Center, the wiring harness in the steering wheel could rub against the airbag module, causing a short, which could deploy the airbag. FCA says that 1,060,531 trucks are affected in North America alone. They didn't say if any injuries were reported.

So the bottom line is, go see your local Ram Truck dealer just as soon as you get that recall notice.


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