Ram Recalls More Than One Million Trucks for Faulty Tailgate Closure
People often need to leave their truck’s tailgate open to move longer items or cargo that won’t fit with the gate closed. It can be perfectly safe if everything is properly secured and marked for others to see, but having the tailgate open unexpectedly could cause big problems.
Ram is recalling more than a million trucks for an issue that could cause the tailgate not to latch properly. The recall states that certain Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks may have been built with one or both tailgate strikers misaligned. The unsecured tailgate could come open, allowing whatever cargo is in the bed to spill out onto the road. It’s not hard to imagine how that could be hazardous.
Ram notes that the issue began in May 2018 and ended in June 2022. Improper tooling was used in production and was replaced in 2022 with better-aligned machinery. No accidents or injuries have been reported relating to this issue. The automaker found 15 customer service records, 736 warranty claims, and 101 field reports. Ram will fix affected trucks free of charge, but the notification process for dealers and owners won’t start until late January.
If your truck is in the affected recall group, your dealer will inspect the tailgate striker assembly. If necessary, misaligned strikers will be adjusted, and Ram says it will reimburse owners for any expenses related to the recall, such as for towing.
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