600,000 Ram pickups can be recalled

600,000 Ram pickups can be recalled

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into more than 600,000 Ram pickups powered by a 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine manufactured between 2019 and 2020. Their owners filed a complaint about a suddenly stalling engine at a speed of over 40 kilometers per hour – more than two dozen such complaints were received by the NHTSA. Moreover, the engine refuses to start after that.

According to Detroit News, the investigation covers Ram pickups, models 2500 and 3500, as well as larger 4500 and 5500. Experts say that the main cause of the malfunction is high-pressure fuel pumps. The investigation began on October 14, but this is not the first time that Ram diesel fuel pumps have been rigorously tested. For example, in June 2020, the manufacturer already issued a corresponding bulletin for dealerships, which concerned cars from 2018-2020. It has undergone several changes since then, but the problem has obviously never been resolved. Ram noted that “we are fully committed to partnering with NHTSA to support our customers.”

The problem with an engine stalling on the move can be very dangerous, especially considering that it concerns pickups with a large payload and a towed trailer weight. Accidents due to this defect are still unknown to NHTSA, but it is possible that eventually the investigation will lead to the need to announce a recall campaign in order to fix the problem. In this case, it risks becoming more than large-scale, which will entail tangible financial losses for the automaker.

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