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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.3 Million Ram Pickups For Fatal Software Problem

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNNMoney: Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.3 million pickup trucks because of a software problem that may be tied to at least one death and two injuries. The problem could disable side airbags from deploying and seat belts from tightening in a rollover accident. If there is a significant impact on the truck’s underbody, Fiat Chrysler says the truck’s safety system could incorrectly conclude that a sensor underneath the truck has failed. If a sensor does fail, the truck’s safety system is designed to suppress the airbags from deploying and seat belts from tightening when they are not supposed to. That’s why there is a risk if there is a subsequent rollover. The good news is the driver should be alerted to this problem by a instrument cluster warning light. If the light comes on, drivers should then turn the truck off, and then turn the key back into the on/run position to verify that the light is no longer on. They should also follow instructions on their recall notice. The report notes that the affected vehicles include the 2013-16 Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups, and 2014-2016 Ram 3500 pickups.

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