Fiat Chrysler has already recalled over 1 million trucks for the issue.
FCA is adding 875,000 Ram trucks to its recall for tailgates that can open while the trucks are in motion. Most of the recalled trucks are in the U.S. and Canada, and this latest round expands on an earlier recall for 1.4 million trucks in 2018 with the same problem.
The issue stems from a tailgate tab that can fracture. If that happens, the tailgate can unlatch while the truck is being driven. That increases the risk any cargo in the bed will spill out onto the road. The recall affects 2013 – 2018 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups. Affected trucks in the 2015 through 2017 model years have 8-foot beds; while 2013, 2014 and 2018 trucks built before April 1, 2018 have various bed sizes.
Dealers will repair the tailgate latch free of charge. FCA will begin notifying owners starting October 18, encouraging them to take their trucks in for service. In the meantime, drivers should be wary of the issue and try to secure any cargo they need to carry so it won’t slide, should the tailgate come open.