Ram HD Chassis Cab Recalled Over Miscalibrated Top Speed Governor
Chrysler’s Ram Trucks division is voluntarily recalling nearly 2,000 Heavy Duty trucks over a miscalibrated top speed governor, which would allow the trucks to exceed the speed rating of the factory tires.
The recall covers 2014 and 2015 Ram 4500 and 5500 HD Chassis Cab trucks powered by the mighty 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 and equipped with dual rear wheels. An estimated 1,771 trucks are affected in the U.S. with another 169 trucks affected in Canada.
The issue surrounds the top speed governor, which was mistakenly calibrated for 106 mph. That exceeds the speed rating on the tires and could potentially lead to the premature failure of a tire.
“While FCA believes it is unlikely that these trucks are operated at such speeds, and that doing so would exceed posted speed limits in nearly every applicable jurisdiction, the Company is acting out of an abundance of caution,” the recall states.
Ram will offer free recalibrations of the governor to Ram customers, setting the truck’s top speed to 87 mph.
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Why it Matters
Getting a full-sized Ram 5500 Chassis Cab truck up to 106 mph seems like a harrowing feat of dare-devilish foolery in the first place, but the thought of having a tire failure at those speeds is downright terrifying – especially considering how heavy the 4500 and 5500 trucks are.
This particular recall aside, it’s nice to see automakers fess up to mistakes like this and voluntarily work to fix them. This sort of practice is what will restore the public’s faith in automakers in these recall-heavy times.
On a side note, it’s humorous that FCA – the maker of the Hellcat, Viper, and all things SRT – would make a statement about how 106 mph would “exceed posted speed limits in nearly every applicable jurisdiction.” I guess they figure all those high-horsepower owners are responsibly hooning at their local track.
Source: Chrysler Media