Ram Recalls 306,000 HD Trucks in the U.S. for Electrical Issue That Could Spark a Fire

Owners are advised to park their trucks outside, for now

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  • Ram issued a recall notice for 306,165 heavy-duty trucks Monday, covering 2021-2023 Ram 2500 and 3500 models equipped with the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine.
  • The trucks’ intake heater grid relays could be faulty and may overheat, causing a fire.
  • Ram is advising owners to park their trucks outside until it can address the problem.
    • This latest recall expands two earlier, smaller campaigns, with the last one happening in late 2021.
  • The automaker will begin notifying affected owners in March.

This new recall covers trucks with “prior-generation” heater-grid relays.

Stellantis announced a new recall campaign covering 306,165 U.S.-market Ram heavy-duty trucks Wednesday, ranging from the 2500 HD pickups through the 5500 HD chassis cab models, between 2021 and 2023 model years. According to the statement, affected trucks could have a faulty intake heater grid relay. The part could overheat in certain conditions, posing a fire risk to owners even when the truck’s engine is off.

The automaker recalled a smaller batch of trucks for the same problem in late 2021, so this announcement expands upon the original campaign.

Six trucks may have caught fire due to the issue. Five of those incidents occurred while the trucks were running, while the sixth happened with the engine shut off. Considering the recall population, Stellantis says the risk is “minimal”, but still advises owners to park their trucks outside and preferably away from buildings or other vehicles until further notice.

Per updated guidance submitted to the NHTSA, Ram dealers should remedy the problem by inspecting and replace the solid state intake heater grid relay. Today’s announcement, however, did not specifically mention the same fix, though we are talking about a similar issue this time around.

The company will notify customers starting in March. Until then, you can check Ram’s recall website, the NHTSA website, or call (800)-853-1403 for more information on this recall.

In addition to affected trucks in the U.S., Stellantis says the issue impacts 21,988 trucks in Canada and 12,590 in certain markets outside North America.