If there's one thing you probably do not want to be released from your car, it's the giant tank of explosive liquid. For some RAM owners under a new retirement, that could be a possibility.
Ram has issued a recall for 270,254 examples of the Ram 1500 2009-2012 pickup. The vehicles in question are limited to 20 states (plus the District of Columbia) that live within the so-called Salt Belt: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Mbadachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire. , New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
If you are lucky enough to live outside the Salt Belt, it owes its name to the copious amounts of salt that are scattered on the road each winter in an attempt to combat snow and ice. Salt may be ideal for that, but it is also excellent for accelerating corrosion on metal surfaces, such as those in your car.
Corrosion is the center of withdrawal. A fuel tank support can corrode and fail, which would cause the truck's fuel tank to buckle. Fiat Chrysler, Ram's parent company, argues that the remaining structural components are able to keep the fuel tank in place, preventing complete separation of the tank. The tank itself is made of polyethylene, so it does not risk corroding.
FCA also notes that it has not received reports of accidents, fires, fuel leaks or injuries related to this problem. This is a voluntary withdrawal, which means that FCA made the decision to issue the withdrawal without the obligation to do so by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Replacing the belt is probably the solution, but FCA did not include an explicit solution in its press release. For now, affected customers will receive withdrawal notifications through first clbad mail. If owners see fallen fuel tanks or hear noise, FCA advises owners to call a local dealer.