More than 14,000 newer Ram 1500 pickup trucks are being recalled because their backup cameras may stop working when the vehicle is in reverse gear.
According to Consumer Reports, the problem affects only trucks from the 2021 model year, which are also equipped with a specific trailer reverse steering option. A backup camera failure could increase the risk of a crash while the driver is reversing.
Details of the Recall
The problem is caused by a software issue involving the trailer reverse steering system that helps drivers back up more easily when a trailer is attached. In addition to the backup camera not displaying an image, vehicle owners may also notice a warning light for the vehicle’s electronic throttle control illuminated on the instrument panel behind the steering wheel.
If the backup camera’s image fails to properly appear when the vehicle is in reverse, there is an increased risk of a crash or injury. In addition, the vehicles won’t comply with federal safety standards until the backup camera is repaired. The recall affects 2021 Ram 1500 pickup trucks with trailer reverse steering manufactured between June 12, 2020, and April 16, 2021.
When the recall begins, Ram dealers will perform a software update to fix the backup camera at no charge to consumers. Ram will notify owners of affected vehicles by the end of July. Owners may also contact the manufacturer directly at 800-853-1403.
The Danger of Backover Accidents
On March 31, 2014, NHTSA announced that it would require all automobiles sold in the United States built beginning in May 2018 to include backup cameras. According to the advocacy website, KidsandCars.org, in the United States, at least 50 children are being backed over by vehicles every week. Most of the victims in such cases are young children between the ages of 12 months and 23 months. Over 60% of backover accidents involve a larger size vehicle such as a truck, van, or SUV.
When a backover accident occurs as the result of defective backup cameras, the automaker can be held liable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused. Victims and their families would be well advised to contact an experienced auto defect lawyer who can offer them more information about pursuing their legal rights.