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Fiat Chrysler recalls more than 660K trucks; steering could fail

Fiat Chrysler recalls more than 660K trucks; steering could fail

February 6th, 2019 in Business

FILE- This Feb. 11, 2016, file photo shows the grill of a Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Turbo Diesel truck at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Fiat Chrysler is recalling over 660,000 heavy-duty trucks worldwide because a loose nut can cause a loss of steering control. The recall covers Ram 3500 pickups from 2013 through 2017, as well as 2500 pickups and 3500 Chassis cabs from 2014 through 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling over 660,000 heavy-duty trucks worldwide because a loose nut can cause a loss of steering control.

The recall covers Ram 3500 pickups 2013-17, as well as 2500 pickups and 3500 Chassis cabs 2014-17.

The company said it’s aware of eight crashes and one injury that could be related.

Fiat Chrysler doesn’t have a date yet for owners to be notified. Dealers will inspect a steering linkage nut. If it’s properly tightened, it will be welded to a sleeve to keep it in place. If it’s loose, a steering assembly will be replaced.

Most of the trucks are in the U.S. and Canada.

The recall comes after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in December began investigating steering failures on some Ram trucks. The agency opened the probe after getting two complaints from owners that the linkage between the steering box and the front wheels can come apart.

Owners with questions can call (800) 853-1403 or go to mopar.com/en-us/my-vehicle/recalls/search.html to find out if their vehicles are included.

The Ram brand also is recalling nearly 194,000 light-duty trucks in the U.S. because the brake pedals can fall off.