Fiat Chrysler has recalled 1.06 million U.S. pickups in which a wiring harness in the steering wheel column could rub against a component in the air bag module, causing a short and triggering the front air bag. The second recall of more than 840,000 trucks in the U.S. and elsewhere was prompted by owners’ reports of seat belt tensioners and side curtain air bags deploying when they closed the truck’s doors, causing minor injuries in two cases, the manufacturer said. The recall over the front air bag issue affects 2012-2014 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 trucks equipped with electronic vehicle information displays. The automaker has been probing the cause of the issue since September, according to documents submitted to the NHTSA.
Dealers will secure the wiring harness and add a protective cap to the air bag component subject to being rubbed wrong, the automaker announced through the NHTSA website. An investigation into the second issue pointed to the calibration of sensors that trigger the safety devices in four-door models and found that in most cases, the truck doors had been slammed with “excessive force,” FCA said in its announcement. The touchy trigger recall affects 667,406 model year 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 2500 pickups in the U.S., 153,011 in Canada and 8,272 in Mexico, along with 14,847 outside North America. FCA said it is in the process of contacting affected owners and recommends that in the meantime, they close their pickup doors with caution.
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