According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler is issuing a recall of 30,197 pickup trucks in the United States, all from the 2013 model year. The affected vehicles are the Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500, all of which were built between September 9, 2012 and March 5, 2013.

The problem affects models equipped with "optional premium taillamps," and according to NHTSA, the turn signal indicator "may not flash at a double rate to give a notification to the driver of a turn signal malfunction." The report states that if a driver is unaware of a problem with the turn signals and continues to use them as normal, other vehicles on the road may not be alerted that the vehicle is turning, which increases the risk of a crash.

Other recall woes have affected the Ram line recently. In April, we reported that Ram 1500 models were being recalled due to an improper adjustment of the parking brake cable, and several thousand Heavy Duty models were being called in for engine covers that do not have as much heat resistance as they're supposed to.

For this latest recall, the NHTSA report states that dealers will reprogram the trucks' central body controller software free of charge. The official campaign is expected to begin sometime next month. Scroll down for the full NHTSA bulletin.
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Report Receipt Date: JUN 04, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V237000
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 30,197

All Products Associated with this Recall

RAM 1500 2013
RAM 2500 2013
RAM 3500 2013

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks manufactured September 9, 2012, through March 5, 2013 and equipped with optional premium tail lamps. In the affected vehicles, the turn signal indicator may not flash at a double rate to give a notification to the driver of a turn signal malfunction. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."

CONSEQUENCE

Without a warning that the turn signal is malfunctioning, the driver would continue to use the vehicle, unaware that other drivers on the road are not being notified that the vehicle is turning, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Central Body Controller software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N35.

NOTES

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      diondi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Missing some blinker fluid, eh?
      Buckingham's
      • 1 Year Ago
      In this day and age of rude drivers everywhere, who uses their turn signals anyway?
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Buckingham's
        I'm sure the investigation will show that the turn signals worked the drivers just weren't activating them.
      mt1975
      • 1 Year Ago
      DO NOT BUY AMERICAN, IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THEM WORDS, AT THE VERY LEAST DO NOT EVER BUY CHRYSLER, CHRYSLER IS #1 JUNK DEALER. SPEND YOUR MONEY SOMEWHERE ELSE. WHY SPEND YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY ON WEEKLY MECHANIC REPAIR BILLS FOR THE LIFE OF THE VEHICLE. Every Person I have ever met or even my family members have never had a Chrysler that wasn't a lemon, My Dad put 3 crate engines in during the 2 years he owned his Dodge to cite the most horriffic example. JUNK JUNK JUNK
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mt1975
        Stop yelling.
        Love Great Danes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mt1975
        Myabe you should stick with the Barbie Powerwheels car on the dyno.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mt1975
        Somebody didnt maintain their vehicle and got butthurt, huh? While I am no Chysler fanboi, I am not going to believe someone went through 3 engines in 2 years - thats just funny. Sounds like improper installation combined with improper maintenance.
        jguss69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mt1975
        change the oil every 3000 miles and stop wailin the crap out of it......i was a high producing dealer tech for 30 yrs . iknow the games people play to falsly prove a vehicle is bad. i see toyota tundra had lotsa bad head gaskets and constant brake problems, no one said a word about it. not to mention cheapo interior build, but you know a lot of americans luv to tear our country apart in any way possible. keep ranting and raving while your plastered in front of your fake football friends.............................
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jguss69
          Could I have a definition of "lotsa" please?
        roryn44
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mt1975
        go home yah loser
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have yet to see a truck owner use turn signals. So, why the recall? Waste of money if you ask me. I ride a motorcycle--I control the steering, throttle, clutch and brakes with my hands. . . and I STILL manage to use my turn signals.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Bah, turn signals are for *******, furrin' car drivers and Socialists. When you drive a Ram, people know when you're turning
        4gasem
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        I drive a truck and I use them religiously. Drives me NUTS when people don't signal their intention.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Federal law. We all know they dont use them, but they still must work as intended including bulb warning.
      Leather Bear
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of those driver's that actually USE their turn signals, I suspect that only a tiny portion realize that rapid flashing is a malfunction indicator that's designed into the system. On my normal commute, I see several examples of this daily.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Turn signals, I didn't think RAM drivers even knew what that was?
      theklanmcclendon
      • 1 Year Ago
      My '08 Chrysler Town & Country has cost me a fortune in front brakes. I just went in for a "free powertrain inspection" and $700 later I drove it home. Chrysler needs to gather up all the bail-out $'s and fold their tent. They've been "bailed out" more than once and still cant build a product that you can be proud to drive. They advertise "Made in Detroit" but made from foreign parts.
        derekwilkinson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @theklanmcclendon
        HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA YOU SPENT $700 ON FRONT BRAKES!??!?!
          cjh6793
          • 1 Year Ago
          @derekwilkinson
          On a Town & Country, no less.
          jguss69
          • 1 Year Ago
          @derekwilkinson
          do you do the back yard 250 buck and a case of beer brake special ????
        metusmetu
        • 1 Year Ago
        @theklanmcclendon
        I hope you had some other things done for that price tag. Even at dealer prices I could have had "all" new brakes (pads) with lifetime warranty, and all the rotors turned on my Ram p/u. As for your '08 T&C, if it's eating brake pads, you've either got bad rotors, you're using the wrong pads, or you need to replace the equalizer valve in your brakeline. Oh, btw, that's what those "free inspections" are offered for,.......so they can find/makeup repairs you need so they can empty your wallet. Perhaps you might want to find a good honest independent mechanic, or a more reputable dealer, the one you have doesn't sound honest, but I wasn't there so can't say for sure.
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @metusmetu
          Those vans do eat brakes, typically every 30K from experience and friends. $700 is steep, typically about half of that.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @metusmetu
          These vans are too heavy with brakes that are too small.
        mt1975
        • 1 Year Ago
        @theklanmcclendon
        Don't Buy Chrysler PERIOD.
        roryn44
        • 1 Year Ago
        @theklanmcclendon
        you are completely useless. I think there is more to this story...
        jguss69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @theklanmcclendon
        stop speeding and doin them jack knife stops, also using the cheaper rotors and pads are worthless. they stop terrible and they warp and heat spot at low miles. you saved nothing by using them.animal drivers like you need cross drilled rotors and ceramic pads. as far as foreign parts are concerned you liberals are to blame back in the 90,s . when your regulations and over taxin businesses sent everything to the chinese. live with your political choices becuase america will suffer for decades to come. money can be made in cellar apartments becuase everyones college graduate children will be living in there cellars for many years to come becuase of no businesses
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      FIAT's vehicles sure are having a lot of recalls recently.
      Harry Hurt
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like a lot of owners are not happy with Chrysler. I have a 2009 Dodge Caliber, and have only had the best luck with it. It was built in Chicago, and the only foreign part is the transmission, which is made in Mexico. Knock on wood, but I am very happy with the car.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Harry Hurt
        I think you actually dig into the components of the car more than just a transmission are foreign sourced.
      nassau
      • 1 Year Ago
      So Chrysler/Ram does a recall and out come NHSTA employees and Toyota owners to rag on them. Woo Woo!!
      Doug
      • 1 Year Ago
      They might as well disconnect them, Nobody uses them anymore anyway.
      Susan Bond
      • 1 Year Ago
      No worries.. they don't use 'em any way.
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