There is no official recall yet, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a probe into Ram’s diesel trucks. This move is due to 22 complaints of problems with the engine’s high-pressure fuel pump. Problems could manifest as stalling or loss of power when traveling at speeds faster than 25 mph. While nothing is certain, this potential problem involves any truck using the 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel engine. That means 604,651 Ram truck models 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 manufactured in 2019 and 2020.
The NHTSA is looking into the problem to find out how often it happens, which models it involves and whether there is a safety defect that justifies the safety recall. There’s also evidence that the manufacturer sent out a bulletin asking dealers to collect fuel pumps from the trucks so the manufacturer can “collect, monitor, and correct quality issues.” If the recall occurs, more than a half-million owners will need to bring their Ram heavy-duty trucks into the dealer for what likely be a fuel pump replacement.
As of November of 2021, there are no known injuries, but this issue involves a crucial part of the vehicle and could lead to lethal consequences if the owner happens to be hauling a trailer or heavy load at the time of the power loss. Owners will be notified via if the recall is official. In the meantime, owners should be particularly careful in operating the truck and report problems if they experience similar symptoms.