If you know someone with a Ram pickup truck, you may want to tell them to check if it’s part of a recall. Fiat Chrysler is including 1.8 million models made from 2009 to 2017. During that eight-year timespan, it didn’t catch a problem with the gear selector.
Apparently, in what the company calls “high-temperature conditions,” you can move the gear selector out of park, even without your foot on the brake pedal. Oh, yeah, and it can be done without the key in the ignition. So, a kid could cause the truck to roll away, even though the keys are safely in a parent’s pocket. Apparently, there are several injuries and crashes that might be tied to this problem, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating.
While I find rotary shifters to be weird and sometimes difficult to use, they aren’t included in this recall. Instead, this is for selectors mounted to the steering column, which I actually hate worse.
To check if your Ram is part of this recall, just enter the VIN here.
Of the 1.8 million Rams included in this recall, about 1.5 million were sold in the U.S. Around 250,000 went to Canada, 43,000 to Mexico, and 15,000 were shipped overseas.