By on June 7, 2019

2019 RAM 1500 front quarter

It’s a bad week for owners of current- and older-gen Ram pickups, assuming they’re safety conscious and have busy summer schedules. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles launched two recalls this week targeting its full-size trucks; the latest being a voluntary callback of nearly 343,000 2019 and 2020 Ram 1500s over a software glitch that could disable airbags and seat belt pretensioners.

Then there’s the voluntary recall of old-gen Ram 1500s from the 2018 and 2019 model years (Ram “Classic” for 2019) that could drop their driveshaft while driving.

First, the airbags. According to documents sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fiat Chrysler claims, “The flash memory of the Occupant Restraint Controller
(ORC) may become corrupted, disabling the vehicle’s air bags and seat belt pretensioners.”

ORCs with updated software came online within the last couple of months, so not that many 2020 Rams contain the potential glitch. The recalls covers 295,981 Ram 1500s sold in the United States.

“Once the vehicle is keyed-off, the ORC begins normal routines under its own power reserve. If the ORC powers down and interrupts a memory erase process, data corruption could occur,” FCA stated. “Memory cleanup does not occur every key-off, not all interruptions will cause corruption, reserve time will vary, and other factors make the occurrence highly variable.”

Recall notices should hit mailboxes around July 20th, with owners reimbursed for any expenses incurred by the fix. As of May 20th, there are no known incidents associated with the issue.

2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock_1

As for the old-gen Ram, which FCA keeps around because why not, a less-than-ideal weld is the culprit in the driveshaft recall. On 10,160 2018-2019 Ram 1500s, a weld between the driveshaft tube and tub yoke may fracture, leading the truck to grow a tail that scrapes along the roadway. It goes without saying that drivers may notice a sudden loss of power.

The driveshaft recall came after six warranty claims sparked an investigation, though FCA says it is not aware of any injuries or accidents stemming from the problem. Recall notices should arrive in mid-June.

[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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12 Comments on “Ram 1500 Airbag/Seat Belt Glitch Comes Hot on the Heels of the Old Ram’s Driveshaft Drop Recall...”

  • avatar

    “that could drop their driveshaft while driving.”

    This could be the most awesome defect ever. Does it drop at the front or the back?

  • avatar

    “that could drop their driveshaft while driving.”


  • avatar

    If you could take the Headlights/Grille/Front Facia from the “Classic” RAM and apply it to the new RAM – you’d have the best exterior and interior of any truck on the market today. The new front end is very toned down, not ugly – just bland.

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    Amazing how American, European, and Korean recall actions get covered frequently on TTAC, but not a peep about the warranty extensions (admittedly not a recall) on over 1 million Honda turbo 4-bangers because gasoline has a strange way of mixing with the engine oil.

    Guess that is, ehem, “normal” for a Japanese product. Calling a spade a spade.

    • 0 avatar

      APaGttH – Don’t you realize that Honda’s are all perfectly, and I repeat, PERFECTLY designed, engineered, and assembled? ALL HONDA’s, as one of their area rep’s told me when the transmission on my daughter’s new Civic milled off the reverse gear after 10k miles, are PERFECT and I was denied warranty coverage. Any problems with Honda vehicles are due strictly and solely to owner misuse, abuse, and neglect and this would also apply to the current fuel in the oil issues. Besides, I was also told, Honda has more lawyers than I could ever afford and would prevail on any issue I would raise about these perfect vehicles. I left the dealership shame-faced with my head bowed as I shuffled out to my truck in the customer parking lot.

    • 0 avatar

      Besides the oil dilution problem, those 1.5t engines don’t get up to normal operating temperature in really cold weather, so the heater is useless at defosting the windshield. People leave the highway and transition to a city street and the engine temp goes down! After taking miles to semi-warm up.

      I’m waiting until the EPA put two and two together, and figure out that the emission control doesn’t work properly if the engine doesn’t warm up rapidly and light off the cat and keep it that way. Thermostats were invented back in the 1920s to keep an engine running at near enough a constant temperature by limiting intake of cold radiator coolant, but Honda must have decided not to use them in the 1.5t. Their fatuous response to owners around here who’d like some heat is that the “software” update fixes all problems. Too bad it doesn’t. I dunno about Honda. They seem to be struggling these days, and scared that a massive recall of literally well over a million engines would bankrupt them, so it’s big excuse time.

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    In May I got a new CUV. I originally wanted a Honda CRV EX-L, but the problems with the 1.5T scared me off. The best part of Hondas used to be, no problems. The second best was the resale. I don’t foresee either advantage for the new CRV turbos.

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    I wonder who the driveshaft assembly supplier is? Dana-Spicer?

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