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These recalled pickup trucks may have started house fires

Errors during vehicle manufacturing occur, and they can have deadly consequences. When that happens, a manufacturer is usually quick to issue a recall. Tap or click here for details on a recent recall of nearly 500K older Nissans.

Now, hundreds of thousands of pickup trucks are being recalled due to dangerous fire risks. A flaw in some models has led to house fires while being parked inside a garage. 

Read on to see why this is happening and what you can do about it.

300K Ram trucks recalled due to fire risks

Vehicle maker Stellantis, responsible for manufacturing brands such as Citroen, Chrysler and Dodge, has warned drivers of particular Ram pickup trucks. The company is recalling over 300,000 vehicles that need to have an electrical connection replaced.

According to the company, “An investigation discovered the intake heater-grid relays on certain vehicles might exhibit overheating. In rare instances, this condition may pose a fire risk.” Thankfully, there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities.

However, speculation is that the problem is responsible for at least six house fires. In five cases, the vehicles were turned on, while the ignition was switched off in the other case.

The affected vehicles are:

  • 2021-2023 Ram 2500 pickups.
  • 2021-2023 Ram 3500 pickups.
  • 2021-2023 Ram 3500/4500/5500 cab chassis trucks.

Stellantis explains that the recall only encompasses vehicles equipped with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines and prior-generation heater-grid relays. 

What to do if you own one of these recalled Ram trucks

While the chance of a fire is low, the company urges owners to park their vehicles outside, not in a garage. Notification letters with recall details will be sent to customers next month.

If unsure if your vehicle is included in this recall, enter your VIN on the MOPAR website, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. You can also call Stellantis at 1-800-853-1403 if you have more questions.

The recall includes about 22,000 vehicles in Canada and 12,000 outside North America.

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