WASHINGTON – Fiat-Chrysler is recalling an estimated 188,000 2014-’15 Ram 1500 Quad Cab pickup trucks in the U.S. because the side curtain airbags may not fully overlap the C-pillars in the event of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The trucks are being recalled because they do not meet a federal regulation to reduce the risk of rear-occupant ejection during a rollover crash.
“In the event of a vehicle crash, if a side curtain airbag does not inflate as intended, there is an increased risk of injury to the rear-seat occupant,” NHTSA said in its recall summary.
There are no injuries, accidents or complaints linked to the recall, Fiat-Chrysler said.
“All FCA US vehicles are equipped with electronic stability control, which reduces the risk of rollovers,” Fiat-Chrysler said in a statement posted on its Web site.
It also advised vehicle occupants to wear their seatbelts.
The affected trucks were built from August 26, 2013 to August 8, 2015.
A date has not been specified for the recall. NHTSA said the remedy for the recall is still under development.
Affected owners will be advised when they may schedule service at Ram dealerships. Owners can contact Fiat-Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
Edmunds says: Owners of these trucks will have to wait for their official recall notice before scheduling a service appointment. But if you have an immediate concern, it’s best to contact your dealer now.