Ram recalling newer pickups for axle issues

Ram says it will recall an estimated 67,681 trucks, most of which are in dealer hands, to inspect and replace rear axle shafts or rear axles.

FCA US says it discovered axle shafts produced by a supplier may not have been properly heat-treated, which could contribute to increased wear and overheating sufficient to illuminate a vehicle’s Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) warning light. If ignored, the condition may lead to component fracture and possible wheel separation.

The company says it is aware of only a single potentially related accident, but no injuries.

The recall is limited to certain 2015-2016 Ram 1500 pickups produced between mid-June and late September of this year. Additional vehicles are affected in other markets. They include an estimated 17,127 in Canada; 1,935 in Mexico; and 1,390 outside the NAFTA region.

Affected customers will be advised when they may schedule service.