3 June, 2021
Fiat Chrysler announced it’s recalling over a half-million heavy duty Ram trucks to fix a problem that could cause the wheels to fall off of the truck.
This latest recall affects 2012-2021 Ram 3500 heavy-duty pickups, the Ram 4500, and the Ram 5500 cab-chassis vehicles that were sold in North America. Here’s what to do if you find yourself with one of these vehicles:
According to Fiat Chrysler, some of the trucks’ service and owner’s manuals had incorrect torque specifications for tightening lug nuts. It was later discovered that if the nuts were tightened too much, it could cause significant damage, and the wheels could fall off.
The auto company stated that the wheels were tightened correctly at the factory, so the only trucks impacted would be those that have had service on the wheels.
Although the company said it didn’t know of any crashes or injuries caused by this problem, The Barnes Firm’s best injury lawyers in New York & California say the potential for disaster is evident.
A vehicle without wheels is dangerous. That’s obvious. If you’ve been involved in an accident like this, you know just how disastrous this mistake can be. Loose wheels can cause you to lose control of the vehicle, which often results in a serious accident.
If you’ve been hurt while driving a recalled Ram truck, it’s critical that you get medical attention immediately. Then, call one of The Barnes Firm’s best car accident lawyers in your area. Our team will immediately begin investigating the cause of your crash, and gather the evidence you need to maximize the compensation you’re owed.
Some of the items our team would look at include:
Most of the time, recalls like this one issued by Fiat Chrysler are precautionary. That means there’s just potential for a serious defect; it does not guarantee that something will go wrong with your vehicle.
It’s important to contact the manufacturer as soon as possible if your vehicle has any open recalls. The manufacturer will likely send you to a dealership or auto shop to have your vehicle fixed. In this case, if your truck has a service history, it’s important to get your vehicle to a mechanic immediately. Since the vehicle has officially been recalled, the manufacturer will pick up the tab for any relevant, required repairs.
Fiat Chrysler says its dealerships and partners will correct the manuals, and do a full inspection of the truck’s wheel studs. If required, the studs will be replaced.
All owners will be notified about the recall within eight weeks, the company said.
There are more than 30,000 parts in the average vehicle. If any one of them fail, it can create a very dangerous situation for you and all of the occupants in the truck. For this reason, it’s critical to get recalled vehicles fixed immediately; but sometimes manufacturers don’t act fast enough.
The Ram trucks being recalled today date back to 2012, and thousands of these vehicles could break and cause an accident at any time. If you’ve been hurt in an accident like this, you’re going to need the best representation possible.
At The Barnes Firm, our top car accident lawyers are fully knowledgeable about vehicles, recalls, auto insurance, and the injuries that stem from serious accidents. Our team will assemble the evidence you need to get the best result possible. Call us now to find out what your case could be worth. This service is free of charge for your convenience, and our attorneys are answering calls 24/7.
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