Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling approximately 270,250 older model Ram 1500 pickup trucks to fix a rusty fuel tank strap that can become detached from the vehicle, which could result in a fire.
“Detachment of the front fuel tank strap, due to corrosion from salt water exposure such as from road salt use, may cause the fuel tank to lower in the front,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If the fuel tank hits the ground, it could cause a fuel leak.
“A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire,” NHTSA said.
The recall affects 2009-2012 Ram 1500 trucks that were produced at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant on May 28, 2008, and the St. Louis Assembly Plant on June 17, 2008.
The recalled Ram 1500 trucks are registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow from roadways.
If a defect is found, dealers will reinforce the bracket at no cost. Dealers will begin notifying owners on April 27.