Recalls: backup cameras and truck stalling

Two Mopar recalls surfaced today, one which is quite serious but affects few cars, and one which is less serious but—also affects relatively few cars.

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The more serious issue is an engine computer with a misaligned capacitor; this can short circuit, killing the engine. Globally, it affects roughly 5,000 2022 model-year Rams built with the Cummins diesel. The fix is replacing the computer, free to the customer; all suspect vehicles were:

  • Ram 2500, built from June 1, 2022 to August 24, 2022 (2,288 sold in the US)
  • Ram 3500 pickup, built from March 16, 2022 to July 23, 2022 (1,417 sold in the US)
  • Ram 3500 chassis cab, built from June 1, 2022 to July 2, 2022 (385 sold in the US)
  • Ram 4500/5500, built from May 31, 2022 to August 23, 2022 (817 sold in the US)

The second recall concerns around 8,000 2020-21 diesel-powered Jeeps and Rams with certain radios; a software error prevents the rearview camera from working, and the recall, not surprisingly, updates the radio, which fixes an issue with the radio’s rebooting. This only affects EcoDiesel-equipped vehicles; the specific models are:

  • 2020-21 Jeep Wrangler, made from August 30, 2019 to November 20, 2020 (2,737 sold in the US)
  • 2020-21 Ram 1500, made from June 3, 2019 to November 20, 2020 (4,976 sold in the US)
  • 2021 Jeep Gladiator, made from June 10, 2020 to November 20, 2020 (182 sold in the US)

For perspective, Mopar recalls were announced at roughly the same time as these:

  • Hyundai: 2022 Elantra N, 2022-23 Elantra may have a bad weld on the cover of the driver’s airbag
  • 2017-20 Ford “Super Duty” trucks and Lincoln Continental rear view camera quality degrades to the point where it’s useless
  • 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E rear axle half shafts may be defective, breaking under load
  • 2022 Audi S3, A3, RS3 front passenger airbags may have been made incorrectly
  • 2015-17 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator front blower motor failure
  • 2023 Kia Sportage battery terminals may loosen, causing a stall or electrical surge
  • 2013-15 Spark, 2014-15 Spark EV: secondary hood latch may corrode, causing failur

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