One death potentially linked to Ram recall

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FCA is recalling an estimated 1.2 million Ram pickups because of a software glitch that could prevent side air bags and seatbelts from deploying during a rollover.

Roughly 216,000 units in Canada are subject to the recall, which affects Ram 1500 and 2500s built between 2013 and 2016. Ram 3500s made between 2014 and 2016 are also being recalled. Over 21,500 models are in Mexico and another 21,500 are from outside the NAFTA region.

The automaker said it is aware of one death, two injuries and two accidents that may be related to the problem.

“After some trucks experience significant underbody impact, a computer module may incorrectly determine that one of its sensors has failed, temporarily disabling the side air bag and seat belt pretensioner,” the company said.

If the vehicle is turned off and then back on, those restraints become functional again.

The recall is expected to begin June 23.


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