Chrysler Issues Recall for 180,000 RAM Trucks at Risk of Unintended Rollaway

The transmission can be shifted out of PARK into any gear without pushing the brake pedal or having the key in the ignition

Chrysler Issues Recall for 180,000 RAM Trucks at Risk of Unintended Rollaway
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February 19, 2018

Chrysler has announced the recall of approximately 180,000 model year 2017-2018 RAM 1500, 2500, 3500, 3500 Cab Chassis, 4500 Cab Chassis, and 5500 Cab Chassis vehicles.

All of the affected trucks are equipped with a column shifter.

What's the problem?

On the recalled vehicles, pushing the brake pedal for prolonged periods when the vehicle is running and in PARK may cause the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) pin to stick in the open position. With the pin in the open position, the transmission can be shifted out of PARK into any gear without pushing the brake pedal or having the key in the ignition.

Being able to shift the transmission without pushing the brake pedal and/or without a key in the ignition can increase the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.

What happens next?

Owners of the recalled RAM trucks will be notified by Chrysler beginning in late March 2018. RAM dealers will then update the Body Control Module software and test the BTSI operation, replacing the solenoid as necessary. All software updates and repairs related to this recall will be completed free of charge to vehicle owners.

For more information, contact Chrysler customer service at (800) 853-1403. Chrysler's reference number for this recall is U11.