US safety agency probes older Ram pickups

US safety agency probes older Ram pickups

Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan which produces the Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Durango recently received Chrysler's bronze standard in their World Class Manufacturing (WCM) program is viewed on August 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/GettyImages)

Print
Email
|

by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 6:58 AM

DETROIT (AP) -- U.S. safety regulators are investigating older Ram pickup trucks with manual transmissions because the engines can be started without the clutch being depressed.

The probe covers about 110,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups made by Chrysler from the 2004 through 2006 model years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has three complaints about the problem, including one fatal accident. In that case, a child was able to start a truck without using the clutch. It moved forward, hitting and killing another child.

Vehicles with manual transmissions are required to have mechanisms that stop the motor from being started unless the clutch is depressed.

The investigation was opened May 19, according to documents posted by the agency on 

Print
Email
|