FILE PHOTO: A Ram 1500 pickup from 2019 is on display in front of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Sterling Heights assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA, October 22, 2018. Image taken October 22, 2018. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook / File  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) said on Friday that it recalls 108,000 Ram 1500 diesel-powered pickup trucks in the United States for coolant leaks associated with reports of some fires and four minor injuries.
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The Italian-American carmaker said that the recall covers trucks from 2014 to 2019 years after finding microscopic cracks in some exhaust gas openings. The damage occurred when customers attempted to extinguish the fires in the engine compartment manually.
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Fiat Chrysler said it will alert the owners when they can get recall repairs. Until then, customers should monitor coolant levels and contact dealers if they are consistently low.
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The carmaker said that dealer service messages and other data streams received an internal investigation that discovered cracks could allow coolant to "escape and – in rare cases – pose a fire hazard to the engine." Fiat Chrysler said it was not aware of any crashes related to the recall.
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The recall does not affect the redesigned, current generation Ram 1500, nor any gasoline-powered Ram 1500 from any model year.