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Auto manufacturer recalls nearly 2 million pickups due to safety issue


Nearly 2 million Ram pickup trucks are being recalled due to an issue with the transmission shift.

Fiat Chrysler issued the recall on Friday, reports the, based off incidents in where seven people were injured, and a small number of crashes occurred that might have been due to the truck shifting out of park without the brake pedal being pressed.

The company says a device known as the brake transmission shift interlock can fail to work properly under certain circumstances when exposed to prolonged heat. They said an example would be when a truck is idling in park and the driver keeps the brake pedal pushed down.

The 1.8 million Ram models affected are several variations of Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 pickups from the 2010 to 2017 model years. All 2017 Ram trucks built after December 31, 2016, are excluded from the recall. The shifter in this recall is on the truck's steering column. Ram trucks with floor-mounted gearshifts are unaffected by the recall.