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Ram recalls 1.4M trucks; tailgates can open unexpectedly

Dec 14, 2022, 4:08 PM
The Ram 2500 model is seen on a lot at a dealership on December 14, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Approxi...
The Ram 2500 model is seen on a lot at a dealership on December 14, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Approximately 1.4 million Ram pickup trucks are being recalled after a tailgate malfunction was discovered, raising concerns of cargo potentially spilling onto the road. The recall includes Ram models 1500, 2500, and 3500. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
(Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

DETROIT (AP) — Stellantis is recalling about 1.4 million pickup trucks worldwide because the tailgates may not close completely and cargo could spill onto the road.
The recall covers Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2019 to 2022 model years.

The company, formerly Fiat Chrysler, says it found that striker plates on the pickups may not be lined up right to allow complete closure. Stellantis says it’s not aware of any related crashes or injuries.

Most of the recalled trucks are in North America.

Dealers will inspect the tailgate striker alignment and adjust it if necessary. Customers will be notified starting Jan. 27. In the meantime, Stellantis says owners should make sure they secure any cargo in the beds.

Pickups with “multi-function tailgates,” the Ram 1500 Classic, and trucks with sensors that alert drivers to unsecured tailgates are not affected by the recall, the company says.

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Ram recalls 1.4M trucks; tailgates can open unexpectedly