Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) stated on Friday it is going to recall over 1.25 million pickup worldwide to deal with a software error connected to reports of one crash death and 2 injuries.
The incorrect code might temporarily disable the side air bag and deployment seat of belt pretensioners – which decrease safety belt slack during impacts – during an automobile rollover stimulated by a substantial underbody effect, such as striking onroad debris or driving off-road, the Italian-American automaker stated.
The company will reprogram computer system modules in the affected automobiles to address this error.
An FCA spokesman said the possibility of an incident was very low due to the fact that a sequence of events was needed to trigger an incident.
There is no conclusive evidence the error was involved in 2 accidents, one of them resulted in a fatality, how the automaker was conducting the recall proactively, he informed.
The spokesman declined to say whether the code was produced inhouse or by an FCA provider, stating “we do not talk about provider relationships”.
The recall concerns 1.02 million 2013-16 Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups, and 2014-2016 Ram 3500 pickups in the United States, 216,007 cars in Canada; 21,668 in Mexico; and 21,530 outside North America, the automaker stated.
Automaker said the recall would begin in June.
If the software error code appears in an afflicted car throughout operation, the problem might momentarily be dealt with by turning the automobile off and then on, the company stated.
The automaker informed the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) it started examining the problem in December after it got notification of a suit consisting of a 2014 Ram 1500, in which the air bag cannot release during a rollover crash.
A growing number of vehicle recalls have been triggered by software issues as more vehicle functions are managed by computers.