Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling certain model 2016-2017 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks because of a faulty differential pin retaining screw that may come loose while driving, causing the differential to potentially lock up or break.

The recall involves 2016 and 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups equipped with one of the following rear axle ratios: 3.92 (sales code DMH) or 3.55 (sales code DMD) or 3.21 (sales code DMC). Some of these vehicles may have a rear axle differential pin retaining bolt that was not tightened to the proper torque specifications during assembly.

If the bolt becomes loose during vehicle operation, it could lead to the release of the differential pinion spider gears, which could then make contact with other parts inside the differential. This could cause the differential to lock up or break during operation, causing a loss of control or power, which could lead to an accident without warning.

FCA announced its voluntary recall on March 21, 2017, to inspect and replace the differential pin retaining screw in affected vehicles. If an inspection determines that the screw is loose or has been damaged, the manufacturer will replace the entire real axle assembly. FCA said it will begin notifying owners of potentially affected vehicles on or about May 7, 2017. The company will make all fixes and replacements free of charge to the owners of affected vehicles.

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