DETROIT — Stellantis is recalling about 1.4 million pickup trucks worldwide because the tailgates may not close completely and cargo could spill onto the road.
The recall covers Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2019 to 2022 model years.
The company, formerly Fiat Chrysler, says it found that striker plates on the pickups may not be lined up right to allow complete closure. Stellantis says it's not aware of any related crashes or injuries.
Most of the recalled trucks are in North America.
Dealers will inspect the tailgate striker alignment and adjust it if necessary. Customers will be notified starting Jan. 27. In the meantime, Stellantis says owners should make sure they secure any cargo in the beds.
Pickups with “multi-function tailgates,” the Ram 1500 Classic, and trucks with sensors that alert drivers to unsecured tailgates are not affected by the recall, the company says.
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Stellantis isn't the only vehicle company issuing recalls this week.
On Monday, Subaru told the owners of nearly 272,000 SUVs in the U.S. to park them outdoors due to the risk of a fire.
The company is recalling the 2019 through 2022 Ascents after getting reports of two fires. There were no reports of injuries.
The company says a bolt that holds the ground terminal of a heater may not have been fastened properly during assembly. That can cause the terminal and surrounding parts to melt, increasing the risk of fire.
Subaru says the Ascents should be parked away from structures and should not be left unattended with the engine running until repairs are made. If an owner notices or smells smoke around the dashboard or driver's foot well, they should shut off the engine and call a dealer or roadside assistance.