Safety & Accident

Ram Trucks Recalled for Brake Transmission Interlock

February 20, 2018

Photo of 2018 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of FCA.
Photo of 2018 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling approximately 180,462 2017-2018 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 3500 Cab Chassis, 4500 Cab Chassis, and 5500 Cab Chassis vehicles equipped with a column shifter to help drivers from accidentally shifting their vehicles out of Park.

Pushing the brake pedal for prolonged periods when the vehicle is running and in Park may cause the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) pin to stick in the open position, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The transmission can be shifted out of Park into any gear without pushing the brake pedal or having the key in the ignition, which increases the risk of unintended vehicle rollaway that could result in an injury or crash.

To fix the problem, FCA will notify owners and dealers will update the body control module software as well as test BTSI operation, replacing the solenoid as necessary.

The recall is expected to begin March 30. Vehicle owners can reach FCA customer service at (800) 853-1403. FCA’s reference number for this recall is U11.

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