Recall Alert: Wheel Separation Concerns for 510,000 Ram Pickups
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Manufacturers recommend the first thing you do when you get a new car is read the owner's manual. It can help you save a lot of money on repairs and car insurance to maintain your vehicle using recommendations from the automaker.
A lot of car owners only go to the manual when there’s a problem. Usually, this isn’t great practice, but it might have been beneficial to overlook the instructions for some Ram truck models. Ram had a more unusual reason that led to a recall, it didn’t have to do with production, but instead, a faulty owner's manual.
2012-2021 Ram pickup trucks recalled
510,000 Ram pickups have been recalled. This includes 2012-2021 Ram 3500 heavy-duty pickups, and Chassis Cab 4500 and 5500 trucks. The owner’s manual had incorrect lug-nut torque instructions, as reported by The Drive. The majority of pickups under recall were sold in America.
Owners that followed their manuals may have over-torqued their lug nuts. This could "compromise studs and lead to wheel separation," according to a press release from Stellantis. That means the wheels could come off as you’re driving on the road.
How do you know if you need to replace your Ram pickup?
There have been no reported injuries related to the problem, but it’s dangerous to risk having your wheels come off on a highway. If you haven't had to remove your wheels or replace them, you don’t have to worry about the recall. Your lug nuts were torqued properly during assembly, but make sure to get an updated manual from your dealership.
If you have had repairs or service for your wheels, they might still be fine, but Ram is recalling them for inspection. If the wheel studs need replacement, they will be taken care of at no charge.
How does a vehicle get recalled?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reviews complaints submitted from consumers related to their vehicles. Depending on the validity and safety risk of the issue, this will usually result in a recall. Some recalls involve more serious problems than others.
You can use NHTSA’s VIN lookup tool to check if your vehicle is under recall. However, even if you suspect your car has an issue that warrants a recall, it’s still important to have proper car insurance coverage. This will ensure you’re protected in the event of any accident.
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