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Ram recall: Airbags deploy if door slams shut

FCA initially declined to handle the issue as a safety recall, despite two injuries, until the NHTSA stepped up pressure.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued two recall campaigns related to airbag defects in Ram pickups.

The 2012-2014 Ram 1500-5500 are being recalled to fix a wiring issue that can cause the front airbag to unexpectedly deploy, while the 2013-2015 four-door Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 will receive new software to prevent the side airbag from deploying when a door is slammed too hard.

Like several other recalls, FCA initially attempted to avoid issuing a formal recall for the side-airbag defect. Despite two injuries associated with the deployment calibration, the company argued that the problem had a low occurrence rate that did not warrant a formal recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration disagreed, and FCA finally issues a recall after the company had been publicly grilled by the agency in a hearing related to nearly two dozen other campaigns.

The two airbag recalls affect a combined total of more than 1.7 million vehicles sold in the US market.

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