Ram Recalling 186k Trucks Over Issue That Causes Gas Pedal to Stick
Fiat Chrysler is recalling 186,000 Ram trucks over a minor issue that causes the gas pedal to stick. The Associated Press release says that the issue is related to the floor mats. The issue came up when one Ram owner noted that the factory-installed mats interfered with the gas pedal, pinning it down and disallowing the driver of the truck that was in motion to decelerate.
For those who find themselves in such a situation, all FCA vehicles built after 2011 have a brake-throttle override system. The driver of the vehicle impacted was able to make use of the system by depressing both the gas and brake pedals at the same time. When done, this procedure should cut the throttle and allow the vehicle to slow down. It can still cause a panic-filled situation nonetheless.
There have been no reported injuries or crashes associated with the issue. The recommended fix is simply removing the all-weather mats from the vehicles. However, if you feel the need to get help from the dealer, dealers will also fix this issue.
The issue impacts 2019 and 2020 model year trucks with factory installed mats. Among the group, we find north of 43,000 with mats sold after trucks were purchased. In order to remedy the issue, owners will be shipped out a set of replacement mats. However, for those who would still like to use the existing unit, dealers will modify them as well until the replacements can be sent out.
In the meantime, we would highly recommend removing them if you’re concerned or making sure that you test out the ignition override technique mentioned in this article. The issue of floor mats interfering with driving isn’t new. However, it is good that manufacturers have put safety measures in place in order to make sure that the issue doesn’t impact drivers in a negative way.
Vehicles recalled: 2019 Ram 1500 pickup trucks with adjustable pedals; it does not include the 2019 Ram Classic.
The problem: Moving the truck’s adjustable pedals to their rearmost position may cause the brake pedal to detach.
The fix: Dealers will “further secure the brake pedal” at no charge to owners, according to FCA.
How to contact the manufacturer: FCA says it will notify owners of affected trucks. More than one-third are still at dealerships and will be repaired before they are sold. Owners can contact FCA at 800-853-1403.
NHTSA campaign number: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to issue a recall number for this campaign.