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Fiat-Chrysler Recalling 1.5 Million Dodge Ram Pickups

The company says the truck could accidentally shift out of park.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 1.5 million Dodge Ram pickup trucks because the gear shifters can accidentally switch out of park.

The recall affects a wide range of Ram models made between 2009 and 2017 and applies only to trucks with shifters mounted to the steering column. 

Fiat-Chrysler says that if the brake pedal is pressed for a long period of time while the vehicle is in park, the brake-transmission shift interlock will be disabled, allowing the shifter to slip out of park mode. 

Included in the recall are: 

  • Certain versions of the 2010 - 2017 Ram 2500 and 3500; 
  • 2011- 2017 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs;  
  • 2016 - 2017 Ram 3500 chassis cabs with a gross vehicle weight rating of fewer than 10,000 pounds;
  • Some 2009 to 2017 Ram 1500 pickups.

Fiat-Chrysler says 2017 models made after Dec. 31, 2016 are not part of the recall.

The company will repair the defect for free. It advises owners to use the parking brake at all times when parking.

Find out if your Ram is part of the recall by entering the VIN at safecar.gov.  

(Photo by Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images.)

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