DETROIT — More than 500,000 heavy-duty Ram trucks have been recalled by Fiat-Chrysler over a problem with the lug nuts that can cause the wheels to fall off.
According to the Associated Press, the company says specifications in some of the service and owner’s manuals had the wrong torque specifications. Those incorrect specifications can lead to the lug nuts being tightened too much which can then cause the wheel studs to become damaged and the wheels could come off.
So far Fiat-Chrysler says it is unaware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem, but will be contacting owners within the next eight weeks to inform them of the recall. The company also says the wheels were tightened properly at the production facilities, so only trucks whose wheels have been removed for service are at risk.
The recall impacts certain 2012 through 2021 Ram 3500 heavy-duty pickups, and Ram 4500 and 5500 cab-chassis, according to the AP. Those trucks have dual rear wheels and flanged lug nuts.
As part of the recall, dealers will inspect and replace wheel studs if needed and correct the mistakes in the manuals.