Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will recall more than 4,000 Ram trucks containing inadequately lubricated rear axles.
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The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based manufacturer is recalling 4,171 2018-2019 Ram 1500 trucks built between April 23 and Aug. 8, 2018.
The rear axles in the affected vehicles lack an adequate oil level which can let the axle gears and bearings generate excessive heat and wear. This can make a whine or growling noise and make the axle fail prematurely. Sudden rear axle failure can increase crash risk.
FCA first learned a problem with rear axle oil levels on Aug. 8, 2018. The manufacturer opened an investigation the next day, and by Aug. 16 identified 11 warranty claims and one field report related to the problem. The company’s Vehicle Regulations Committee decided on Aug. 16, 2018 to conduct a voluntary safety recall.
FCA will notify owners and dealers will inspect the rear axle oil level. Rear axles with an insufficient amount of oil will be replaced free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Oct. 12, 2018. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403. FCA’s number for this recall is U88. Owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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