The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into 110,000 older Dodge Ram pickup trucks over issues with the clutch interlock.
NHTSA has received three reports claiming that the clutch interlock on 2004 through 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks equipped with manual transmissions will allow the vehicles to start without the clutch pedal depressed.
In one of the incidents, a child was able to start the vehicle without the clutch pedal depressed, causing the truck to move forward and strike another child resulting in a fatality. Another incident claims that the truck was started while someone was performing work under the hood. The individual was knocked to the ground, but no injuries were reported.
NHTSA is now investigating the complaints, and a recall will follow if the problem is found to be wide spread.
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