Two automakers recently issued safety recalls that impact a large volume of vehicles that are popular with commercial fleets.
Stellantis is recalling approximately 1,234,657 2019-2022 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks because the tailgate may not latch properly due to misaligned tailgate strikers, which could result in the tailgate opening while driving.
An unintended tailgate opening while driving may result in a loss of unsecured cargo, potentially creating a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.
To remedy the matter, dealers will inspect the tailgate striker alignment to the box latch and adjust, if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters will be mailed Jan. 27, 2023. Owners can reach Stellantis customer service at (800-853-1403). Stellantis’ reference number for this recall is ZB8.
General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling an estimated 740,108 2022-2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles, as well as 2020-2023 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 and 2021-2023 Buick Envision vehicles for a visibility issue.
Specifically, the daytime running lights (DRLs) may not deactivate when the headlights are on. This scenario is dangerous as lights that don’t deactivate cause glare and reduce visibility, which can, in turn, increase the likelihood of a collision.
To fix the problem, the body control module software will be updated by a dealer, or through an over-the-air (OTA) update, free of charge.
Owner notification letters will be mailed Jan. 23, 2023. Owners may contact GMC customer service at (888) 988-7267, Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020, or Cadillac customer service at (800) 458-8006. GM’s reference number for this recall is N222386380. This recall expands previous recall number 22V-827.