Some recalls we report on are bigger than others. This one involves a big vehicle, but only 159 of them. No, not 159,000. Just 159.

The vehicle in question is the Ram 1500 – specifically the 2014 model, and more specifically than that, those made over the course of 12 days in late January and early February of this year. According to the statement below, Chrysler was notified by one of its transmission suppliers that a small shipment of gearboxes might have difficulty shifting into Park.

Although the Auburn Hills, MI-based automaker says it is unaware of any accidents or injuries having resulted from the issue, and has not received any specific complaints, it is notifying the owners of the 159 trucks in question to bring their pickups in for service and, if necessary, to have the entire transmission replaced.

Of those 159 units, 125 of them are located in the US. In correspondence with Autoblog, Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne confirmed that, as of mid-March (when inventory was last taken on the VINs in question), 99 of those vehicles were still on dealer lots. A further 32 are in Canada, and two are located outside of North America and Europe.
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Statement: Transmission Cases

April 25, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 159 trucks to inspect and, if necessary, replace their transmissions.

A supplier advised Chrysler Group that a small shipment of its transmissions contain a defect that may prevent a vehicle from shifting into park.

Chrysler Group is unaware of any associated injuries, accidents or customer complaints.

Chrysler Group will contact owners of certain model-year 2014 Ram 1500 pickups and advise them when to schedule service.

The affected vehicles were built with eight-speed automatic transmissions during a 12-day period earlier this year. Service technicians will inspect these vehicles to determine if the defect is present; if so, their transmissions will be replaced at no cost to customers.

Vehicles subject to this campaign number approximately 125 in the U.S., 32 in Canada and two outside the NAFTA region.

Customers who have concerns may call 1-800-853-1403.


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      the man
      • 8 Months Ago
      People love to bash chrysler, but praise their toyota which has been the most recalled car company the last 2 years and will probably do it again this year. Heres the latest "Toyota announced five recalls on Wednesday, affecting a total of 6.39 million vehicles globally. The recalls cover 27 Toyota (TM) models -- including Camry, Corolla, Matrix and Highlander. And this was in april of this year.
        JL
        • 8 Months Ago
        @the man
        Since the US government has Toyota in its cross hairs but ignores the Ford and Chevy issues... It has no choice but to be even more pro active on issues. Ill keep my 03 Tacoma with 300k on it and you can buy a new chrysler after every 100k,,
      SBN
      • 8 Months Ago
      Only 159 of the 2014 models? There are a bunch of Ram owners with the automatic already have the very same problem since 2004, just look up on Ram forum and find out. Out of the all the Ram owners that I know in real life, more than half of them experience the problem. Basically, the truck would have a hard time shifting back into park position, rendering the removal of key impossible and other related issues.
        Joe Carter
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SBN
        I used to have a Durango with the same exact transmission as the RAM, I've heard of very few transmission issues since they've gone electronic. My 2014 Ram now has the 6 speed and still no issues, however they're referring to the 8 speed ZF transmission.
        CEC
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SBN
        Considering the Ram trucks in 2004 had a 545rfe 5 speed auto (which is a dependable trans), and this article is about the ZF designed and manufactured 8HP70 8 speed auto, I'm pretty sure you have no idea what you are talking about.
      Jerry
      • 8 Months Ago
      Chrysler Corp has produced horrible transmissions for years, if not decades. I just bought a new vehicle and Chrysler products were never in the hunt for that reason.
        CEC
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jerry
        I don't know if you can't read, or just choose to be troll, the trans they are talking about in this article are produced by ZF, not Chrysler.
        ME
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jerry
        Jerry, its not just Chrysler, Ford and GM have also had major issues with transmissions.
      Montie
      • 8 Months Ago
      Where do they sell this truck besides Canada, US and Mexico?
      daveswrath0704
      • 8 Months Ago
      What the big thing if they have a recall take it in they fix it AT NO COST. drive on. end of story!
      ebn.hahn
      • 8 Months Ago
      These 159 will shortly become a whole lot more.. Chrysler will just do it quietly....