DETROIT- — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Tuesday issued a recall for nearly 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.
The action affects an estimated 494,417 Ram heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks and certain medium-duty chassis cabs, which are used for such commercial vehicles as dump trucks, a company spokesman said. The chassis cabs are the 3500, 4500 and 5500 models.
FCA said defective water pumps in 2013-2017 model years of these vehicles equipped with 6.7-liter engines may “overheat and potentially cause an engine fire.” The company said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries caused by the flaw.
The FCA spokesman said no estimates of the likely cost of the recall or number of faulty pumps is available. Only one of two pump variations used in the recalled vehicles will need to be replaced, he said.
All but 50,705 of the affected Fiat Chrysler vehicles were sold in the U.S. market, with the remainder sold in Canada and other global markets, it said.
The move follows a May recall involving an estimated 1.2 million Ram pickup trucks in North America to fix a glitch in safety system sensors. FCA said that problem was linked to one death and two injuries.
Fiat Chrysler isn’t the only Detroit car maker facing potentially costly recalls. Earlier this year, Ford Motor Co. booked a $295 million expense related to recalls covering a little more than a half-million vehicles in the U.S. and Europe for fire risks and faulty door latches.
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