Chrysler Announces Recall for Possible Windshield Visibility Issues
May 15, 2013

by Jenna Reed,

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Chrysler is recalling 532 Ram 1500 pickups to ensure the windshields are being properly defrosted and defogged.

Chrysler engineers observed a fault code linked to the coolant system function, according to a statement by the automaker.
"In the effected vehicles, the coolant bypass valve may stick in a position that does not allow coolant to flow into the heater core," according to the NHTSA recall. "Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of the Federal Vehicle Motor Safety Standard No. 103, 'Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems.'

"Without a properly working windshield defrosting system, a buildup of moisture or ice could limit the driver's ability to see, increasing the risk of crash," the document continues.

The models were manufactured June 25, 2012, through December 12, 2012, according to NHTSA.

The recall campaign impacts 498 vehicles in the U.S. and 34 in Canada, according to a Chrysler statement. More than one-third of the vehicles are still with dealers.

"Chrysler Group is unaware of any associated complaints, accidents or injuries," according to the statement.

A Chrysler spokesperson declined to provide the name of the windshield manufacturer.

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