Losing power steering isn't the end of the world, but if it happens because of a poorly fastened component, it's grounds for a recall.
has issued a recall for approximately 160,000 examples of the
2019 Ram 1500
light-duty pickup truck. The vehicles in question were built before Oct. 25, 2018. In addition to those being recalled in the US, the recall extends to another 20,000 or so
in other parts of the hemisphere.
The problem stems from a single fastener. This fastener, which is meant to complete the battery's ground circuit, may not be properly secured. If the connection gets loose enough, it may create an open circuit that could disable the truck's power steering. The steering would still work, but it would require extra force, especially at lower speeds. It can also increase the risk of a crash.
Thankfully, parent company
Automobiles says it's unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the fault.
In its press release, Fiat Chrysler said that dealership technicians will be required to either correctly fasten the current component, which will remedy the issue. Vehicles still currently at the dealer will be fixed before they're sold. As with all other recalls, owners will be notified in the coming weeks via first-class mail.
Update, 2:22 p.m. Eastern: Clarified some text regarding the recall's remedy.