Back in December of last year, FCA officials were notified by numerous Ram 1500 Ecodiesel owners that diesel exhaust was entering their truck cabins and causing them to get sick.
What Fiat Chrysler Automobiles once believed were a few isolated incidents has now turned into a full blown epidemic that the company has acknowledged.
Still, FCA insists owners’ health is not at risk, even with people reporting incidents involving headaches, lightheadedness and choking behind the wheel as a result of the issue.
Spokesman Eric Mayne says the problem affects Ram Ecodiesel trucks, but it is limited to those with a 4×2 drivetrain. He went on to say that repairs will be covered by a warranty and that no recall is needed because FCA’s internal testing shows that the leaking exhaust poses no health or safety risks.
I find it hard to wrap my head around how people choking and getting lightheaded, which could potentially lead to wrecks, is not a safety or health risk?
However, I am not the only one who thinks the leaks are not harmless.
President of Safety Research and Strategies, Sean Kane, says, “It’s ultimately going to be a safety problem, but at the end of the day it’s probably not going to kill or injure someone acutely, therefore it’s going to fall off the charts in terms of priorities,” Kane said. “Any exhaust leak into the cabin of a vehicle is not good. That presents a health risk to anybody inside.”