Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has now recalled 107,898 Ram EcoDiesel pick-up trucks with model years 2014 through 2019. This does not include gasoline-powered trucks or the new EcoDiesel 2020 model year. There will also be additional recalls of 50,000 in Canada and 1,730 located outside North America.
The cause is due to an internal investigation that recognized microscopic cracks in the coolers. In rare circumstances, this could lead to coolant leaking into the engine and causing a fire – there have been some reported in the engine compartment so far with minor injuries to four customers who attempted to extinguish them. There are no records of the flaw causing any accidents.
Issues with the diesel engine were actually already known to FCA. They were also a contributing factor to manufacturers paying $800 million for cheating on the emissions tests, which involved the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engines used in trucks and SUVs between 2014-2016.
What should customers do?
FCA will notify customers and recommend they schedule service to fix the issue. However, customers should also monitor coolant levels to ensure that the liquid is not leaking. Those owners whose coolant levels are consistently low are advised to take in the truck to a dealer as soon as possible
Those with questions regarding their EcoDiesel engines should take in their truck as soon as possible. This can help determine if the problem is fixable or if the pick-up in dispute is a lemon. If the latter is the case, they may need to take legal action.