The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is recalling 45,961 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 trucks with electronic stability control (ESC) issues caused by a software problem. According to The Los Angeles Times, an error in the software can disable the ESC, causing decreased vehicle control and a higher likelihood of an accident. According to Chrysler, only four-wheel-drive models are affected by the problem. While the light displaying “ESC Off” may appear, manually turning it back on may not reactivate the system. Fortunately, not only was the problem discovered by Chrysler dealers, no related accidents have been reported by consumers. Additionally, 21,000 vehicles in Canada and 1,400 in Mexico are being recalled for the defect.
When the recall begins in August 2013, owners will be able to take their trucks to dealers, who will update the ESC module software without charge. More information about the recall, which is under Chrysler campaign number N37, can be found by calling the auto manufacturer at (800) 247-9753. Call consumer rights attorney Howard D. Silver at (818) 597-2610 to learn more about your rights as an owner of a defective vehicle under California’s lemon law. For more information about the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver, go to our LinkedIn page. Through the representation of attorney Silver, you can get the compensation you deserve for your lemon vehicle.