The recalls are for two separate issues with the first one affecting 65,760 Ram 1500 pickups from the 2015 and 2016 model years. The affected trucks were built between mid-June and late September 2015 and dealerships will inspect and replace the rear-axle shafts or rear axles as necessary. According to the American automaker, it discovered that a supplier may not have properly heat-treated the axle shafts, potentially causing them to have increased wear. As a result, they would overheat enough to “illuminate a vehicle’s Anti-lock Brake System warning light.”
FCA is aware of potentially one related non-injury accident and has recommended customers whose ABS warning light illuminates to contact their dealer. Most of the affected vehicles are still in dealer inventory.
The other recall affects 75,364 Jeep Cherokee SUVs so the automaker can inspect and potentially replace the air conditioning lines. The voluntary recall is the result of an investigation that was opened after two complaints were filed to federal regulators of smoke and flame in the engine compartment. Following an internal investigation, FCA found that the air conditioning lines on some Cherokee SUVs could have been installed too closely to the engine’s exhaust manifolds, posing a fire risk. The company is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the defect.
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