Half a Million Pickup Trucks Recalled Due to Fire Risk

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September 19, 2017Sep 19, 2017

As the weather begins to turn chilly, it’s nice to have some warm air blowing into the cab of your pickup truck, but not if you’re being fanned by flames shooting out of your engine compartment. Heads up: It’s another recall.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is letting owners of Ram pickup trucks know that they may be in danger if they don’t get their vehicles repaired. According to the Detroit Free Press, nearly half a million late-model Ram pickups have water pumps that have the potential to get too hot.

A company press release explains, "Customer feedback prompted an FCA US investigation that discovered certain trucks are equipped with a water-pump bearing that, after exposure to certain conditions, may overheat and potentially cause an engine-compartment fire.”

But there is a way to possibly detect a problem before it happens.

“Compromised water-pump function may activate a warning light in an affected vehicle’s instrument cluster. Customers are urged to consult their dealers whenever they observe warning lights," Fiat Chrysler said.

Which models are being recalled? They’re the 2013 to 2017 models of Ram 2500 and 2500 pickup trucks as well as the 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cab trucks. The recall alert is specifically for trucks with 6.7-liter engines.

The company says there have been a small number of incidents, ranging from a “burning odor to open flame.” According to ABC affiliate WXYZ, customers affected by the recall will receive an alert in the mail. They can also call 1-800-853-1403 for more information.

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