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Fiat Chrysler recalls Ram vehicles on fire risk

Fiat Chrysler recalls Ram vehicles on fire risk

The company said in a release Tuesday that 443,712 2013-17 model year trucks-including Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cab trucks-were affected.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Tuesday issued a recall for almost a half-million Ram pickup and work trucks to fix faulty pumps that could cause overheating and engine fires, marking the second major truck recall this year by the auto maker. All 494,417 of the vehicles involved have 6.7-liter engines. Customer reports led FCA to discover a water pump bearing that, in certain conditions, might overheat and cause a fire in the engine compartment.

A Chrysler spokesman told auto and Driver that the automaker is "aware of a small number of incidents", saying reports met the "regulatory definition of fire, which includes everything from a burning odor to open flame".

According to FCA's statement, the company is recalling 443,712 medium and heavy duty trucks in the US, 46,220 trucks in Canada, and another 4,485 trucks world-wide. The faulty water pumps are no longer used in Fiat Chrysler vehicles.

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In some cases, the water pump problems activate a warning light on the dashboard.

Fiat Chrysler will notify customers and dealers will fix or replace the water pumps for free. The action isn't the first one this year involving Ram pickups.

Owners will receive a notice from Fiat Chrysler when service is available.

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