Deadly Software Error Prompts 1.25 Million Fiat Chrysler Truck Recall
Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 1.25 million trucks after discovering a deadly software error. The worldwide recall, announced on Friday, originated when a software error apparently caused at least two crashes, which led to one fatality and two personal injuries. When the software error occurs, it temporarily disables the side air bag and seat belt pretensioner from deploying during a rollover crash, which typically occurs when the undercarriage of the truck receives impact by hitting debris on the road or using the vehicle off-road. Trucks in the recall include 2013-2016 Dodge Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups, and 2014-2016 Ram 3500 pickups. Starting on June 23, the manufacturer will reprogram any trucks involved free of charge. The company states that until the recall begins, owners should turn the truck off and on again to reset the system. If the truck driver is at-risk for this type of accident, a warning light will display. If the warning light disappears after resetting the system, the truck is safe to use.
A faulty car part may easily cause motor vehicle accidents if not repaired or replaced in a timely fashion, which may lead to the development of personal injuries or fatalities. Not only do improperly maintained or defective vehicles present danger to the car occupants — they may also cause injuries or potential fatalities for other drivers and their passengers.
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