As many as 10,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks are at risk of catching fire or stalling owing to a issue in the alternator, Transport Canada has revealed.
A recall notice has been issued in this regards and it affects about 10,000 Ram pickup trucks and other Fiat Chrysler vehicles. According to the agency, affected vehicles from model years 2007 to 2014 have a 220-amp alternator with a potential to malfunction in hot weather.
FCA said in a press release that certain alternators supplied to the them may be subject to premature diode wear following frequent load cycling, at or near maximum amperage, in hot ambient temperatures – conditions more consistent with fleet-vehicle usage than that of retail customers. The company adds that such conditions increase the potential for short-circuit in these alternators, the outcome of which may be engine stall and/or vehicle fire.
According to Transport Canada, the issue is present in model year 2013 Ram 2500 pickup trucks, model year 2007 and later Ram 3500s, and Ram 4500 and 5500s from the 2008 through 2013 model years. It also affects the Dodge Charger police cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years.
The recall isn’t just limited to Canada and also affects cars in US and Mexico, with federal agencies of the respective countries issuing similar recalls.
Till date no collisions have been reported because of this, but Fiat Chrysler says it is aware of a possible injury in the U.S.. The automaker is recalling about 74,833 vehicles in the U.S., 1,088 in Mexico and 134 outside the NAFTA region.
Owners will be provided information on when they can schedule a service of their pickup trucks and affected vehicles at the dealers to rectify the issue.