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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.48 Million U.S. Pickups

  • Faulty component may let shifter slip out of park position
  • Company is aware of seven injuries that may be tied to issue

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will recall 1.48 million Ram pickups in the U.S. on the risk that a faulty component on certain trucks could allow the vehicles to roll away inadvertently while in park, the company said Friday.

If a driver repeatedly sits in the truck with their foot on the brake for prolonged periods of time with the truck idling, a transmission safeguard can fail. If that happens, the truck can accidentally slip out of park and roll away, according to the company. 

In a statement, Fiat Chrysler said seven injuries and "a small number" of accidents are potentially related to the defect.

The recall affects certain Ram pickups from the 2009 through the 2017 model years with transmission shifters mounted on the steering columns. Trucks with floor-mounted or rotary shifters are not affected.

"As always, we urge customers to use their parking brakes," Tom McCarthy, Fiat Chrysler’s head of safety compliance, said in a statement. "And to ensure that child occupants are not left unattended.”

The callback excludes Ram trucks built in the 2017 calendar year.

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