WASHINGTON — Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 1,060,531 2012-'14 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 trucks in the U.S. because an electrical short could cause the driver's front airbag to deploy unexpectedly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The affected vehicles have a steering-wheel wiring harness that may rub against the driver airbag module retainer spring," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "This abrasion may result in an electrical short that could cause (the) driver's frontal airbag to unexpectedly deploy.
"Inadvertent deployment of the airbag may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash."
The affected trucks were built from January 18, 2011 to October 7, 2014 and are equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center option.
A Fiat-Chrysler spokesman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
Ram dealers will inspect, repair as necessary and secure the steering wheel wiring harness. In addition, protective caps will be added to the airbag retainer spring ends.
The recall is expected to begin on September 19. Owners can contact Fiat-Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
Edmunds says: This recall does not begin for a couple of months. If you own one of these trucks and have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.