The federal government has ordered that Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back over 500,000 RAM pickup trucks and other vehicles as part of their settlement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to settle legal programs stemming from two dozen safety recalls. In addition to offering the buyback to the RAM vehicles, Fiat Chrysler faces a civil fine of up to $105 million vehicles and owners of over 1 million older Jeeps with defective gas tanks will have the option to trade in their vehicle or be paid to the vehicles repaired.
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The reason for the buyback for the RAM pickups is that the trucks have defective steering parts. Models included in the buyback offer are certain Ram 1500s from 2009 to 2012; the Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4 by 4 from 2008; and the Ram 2500 4 by 4, 3500 4 by 4, 4500 4 by 4, and 5500 4 by 4, all from 2008 through 2012. Additionally, the 2009 Chrysler Aspen, the 2009 Dodge Durango SUV, and the Dodge Dakota pickup trucks from 2009 through 2011 are included in the offer.
The older Jeep models’ problem stems from a fuel tank issue. When the Jeeps were manufactured, the fuel tanks were placed behind the rear axle, making the fuel tank more susceptible to a rear crash. This increases the likelihood that the fuel tank can rupture and cause fires. According to the NHTSA, at least 75 people have died in crash-related fires related to this defect.
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