Stellantis recalling 280,000 heavy-duty trucks

WASHINGTON – Stellantis is recalling 280,000 Ram heavy-duty diesel trucks worldwide for fire risks, a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a company statement showed on Thursday.

A spokesman for the automaker’s Canadian operations said 17,420 of the recalled trucks are in Canada.

The recall covers 2020-2023 Ram 2500 and 2020-2022 Ram 3500 trucks. A build-up of pressure and heat inside the transmission could result in a transmission fluid leak that could spark a vehicle fire. The company has reports of 16 vehicle fires and one minor injury between March and October that might be related to the recall, but no crashes.

The recall covers trucks with 6.7-litre Cummins diesel engines and automatic transmissions and includes 248,000 vehicles in the United States.

Stellantis said a warning light could precede the leak and owners observing a warning light should contact dealers. Stellantis said the recall fix is under development.

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