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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1 million Ram pickups in North America because of air bag glitch

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013 photo, the Dodge Ram truck logo appears on a sign at the 2013 Pittsburg
Fiat Chrysler is recalling approximately 1 million Dodge Ram trucks because of a software glitch that could prevent air bags from deploying.
(Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

Fiat Chrysler is recalling approximately 1 million Ram pickup trucks in North America because of a software glitch that could prevent side air bags and seat belts from deploying during a rollover.

The company’s U.S. division said Friday that it was aware of one death, two injuries and two accidents that may be related to the problem.

The recall includes some 2013-16 Dodge Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups and 2014-16 Ram 3500 pickups. It also affects about 216,007 vehicles in Canada, 21,668 in Mexico and 21,530 outside the NAFTA region.

After some trucks experience significant underbody impact, a computer module may incorrectly determine that one of its sensors has failed, temporarily disabling the side air bag and seat belt pretensioner, the company said.

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If the vehicle is turned off and then back on, those restraints become functional again.

As a remedy, the company will reprogram the software in affected vehicles at no charge. The recall is expected to begin June 23.

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