Fiat Chrysler recalling almost 500000 Ram pickup trucks for fire risk

Fiat Chrysler recalling nearly 500,000 Ram pickup trucks for fire risk

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV recalled half a million Ram heavy-duty pickups and medium-duty trucks because their water pumps could be defective.

The models are the 2013-2017 Ram 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 equipped with the 6.7-liter diesels.

Fiat Chrysler is recalling almost 500,000 pickup trucks over a possible fire risk.

Sort of ironic that a water pump can cause a fire, isn't it?

The trucks, which no longer use water pumps, will require service depending on which of two water-pump variants is installed in the vehicle.

There have been no reports of injuries or accidents.

FCA says customer feedback led to an investigation that uncovered that certain conditions can cause the water pump to overheat.

Most of the trucks were sold in the USA, but 46,220 are in Canada and 4,485 are in other markets. The water pump may activate a warning light in the instrument cluster if the bearing becomes compromised. The action isn't the first one this year involving Ram pickups.

Owners who have questions are encouraged to call the FCA US Recall Information Center at (800)-853-1403.

Ram will notify customers to come in and have their water pumps inspected and possibly replaced.

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