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Ram Adds Additional 700k Trucks to Tailgate Recall

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Ram Trucks is expanding an earlier recall by 694,181 models to fix an issue with power-locking tailgates opening accidentally. This brings the total number of trucks affected to more than 2 million pickup trucks.

The issue affects trucks with power-locking tailgates in either short, medium or long-bed variants according to the latest NHTSA filing.

Previous documents filed with NHTSA detail the problem as being the locking mechanism could break and allow the tailgate to open. This naturally allows unsecured cargo to fall out of the bed causing all sorts of problems.

For now, Ram is asking owners to secure all their loose cargo until owners have a chance to bring their truck to a dealership for inspection.

Owners will need to bring their trucks into a dealership where a technicians will inspect the tailgate assemblies and replace the tailgate latch free of charge. For owners who fixed the problem outside of the warranty period and before the recall, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles encourages them to begin the reimbursement process.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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