Approximately 693,100 model-year 2013-14 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks equipped with a 6- or 8- foot bed and a power locking tailgate are being recalled due to tailgate issues. The tailgate actuator limiter tab may fracture and cause the tailgate to unlatch and open while driving, which could cause cargo to fall out, creating a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash. This is an expansion of a previous recall affecting model-year 2015-17 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks; it brings the total number of recalled pickups to approximately 1,105,000.

Ram manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will begin notifying owners of the expansion on Oct. 18; the previous recall began on May 23. Owners can call FCA at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.

To fix the problem, dealers will repair the tailgate latch.

Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.

Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.