ZA3 Transmission Fluid Leak May Cause Fire – 2020-2023 Ram 2500 & 2020-2022 Ram 3500

November 10, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V835000

Transmission Fluid Leak May Cause Fire

Leaking transmission fluid may contact an ignition source within the engine compartment, increasing the risk of a fire.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V835

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US, LLC)

Components POWER TRAIN

Potential Number of Units Affected 248,342



FCA US, LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain 2020-2023 Ram 2500 and 2020-2022 Ram 3500 vehicles. A build-up of pressure and heat inside the transmission may result in a transmission fluid leak from the dipstick tube.



The remedy is currently under development. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 30, 2022. Owners may contact FCA US, LLC customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is ZA3.



Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to


Check if your Vehicle has a Recall


New Safety Recall Advanced Communication – ZA3

FCA US LLC (FCA US) has announced a safety recall on certain 2020 through 2023 Model Year (DJ) Ram 2500 Pickup and 2020 through 2022 Model Year (D2) Ram 3500 Pickup vehicles equipped with a 6.7L diesel engine and 68RFE automatic transmission.



In certain circumstances, a buildup of pressure and heat inside the transmission may result in transmission fluid being expelled from the dipstick tube, which may come in contact with ignition sources within the engine compartment and lead to a vehicle fire.



FCA US will conduct a voluntary safety recall on all affected vehicles. The remedy is currently under development.
Dealers will be notified of the launch of this safety recall by way of established communication methods. This recall is estimated to launch in the 1st Quarter of 2023.


Chronology :

• On June 7, 2022, the FCA US Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (“TSRC”) organization opened an investigation into 2020-2023 MY Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks as a result of a detection of a potential trend of engine compartment fires.

• From June 2022, through November 2022, TSRC analyzed fire patterns, witness statements, and vehicle histories to confirm the events were trend-related.

• During September and November 2022, FCA US Powertrain Engineering analyzed returned transmissions from the field.

• As of November 2, 2022, FCA US is aware of 16 CAIRS, 16 field reports, and 16 warranty claims potentially related to this issue for all markets with dates of receipt ranging from March 24, 2022 to October 12, 2022.

• As of November 2, 2022, FCA US is aware of one minor injury and no fatalities potentially related to this issue for all markets.

• On November 3, 2022, FCA US determined, through the Vehicle Regulations Committee, to conduct a voluntary safety recall of the affected vehicles.


7 Affected Products


RAM 2500 2020-2023
RAM 3500 2020-2022


5 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V835-1879.PDF 215.735KB



Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V835-9117.pdf 645.613KB



Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – NSRAC 11/12/22

RCMN-22V835-5169.pdf 48.879KB



Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – New Safety Recall Advanced Communication – ZA3

RCMN-22V835-7396.pdf 52.477KB



Recall 573 Report – 11/22/22

RCLRPT-22V835-7408.PDF 215.788KB



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