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Fiat Chrysler recalling approximately 1 million trucks in North America

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Friday, May 12th, 2017

ELMHURST, IL - JANUARY 12:  Ram 1500 trucks are offered for sale at a dealership on January 12, 2017 in Elmhurst, Illinois. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of cheating on its diesel emissions software to get better fuel economy for about 100,000 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickups and diesel-equipped Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Ram 1500 trucks are offered for sale at a dealership on Jan.12, 2017 in Elmhurst, Illinois. GETTY IMAGES/Scott Olson
Fiat Chrysler is recalling approximately 1 million trucks in North America due to a software glitch that could prevent side air bags and seatbelts from deploying during a rollover.

The company’s U.S. division said Friday that it is aware of one death, two injuries and two accidents that may be related to the problem.

The recall includes some 2013-16 Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups and 2014-2016 Ram 3500 pickups. It also affects about 216,007 vehicles in Canada, 21,668 in Mexico and 21,530 outside the NAFTA region.

After some trucks experience significant underbody impact, a computer module may incorrectly determine that one of its sensors has failed, temporarily disabling the side air bag and seat belt pretensioner, the company said.

If the vehicle is turned off and then back on, those restraints become functional again.

The company plans to reprogram the software in effected vehicles free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 23.

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