Safety Recall U04 / NHTSA 18V-160 Frame Bracket – 2009-2012 Dodge Ram 1500

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March 8, 2018 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 18V160000

Front Fuel Tank Strap Bracket may Corrode

If the fuel tank were to drop and contact the ground, a fuel leak may result. Additionally, in the event of a crash, the fuel tank may not remain secured to the vehicle, possibly causing a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence in an ignition source, can increase the risk of a fire.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V160

Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)


Potential Number of Units Affected 218,617



Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2009-2012 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks currently, or ever registered, in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Exposure to environmental conditions such as water mixed with road salt may cause the front fuel tank strap frame “T-Slot” bracket to corrode, possibly causing the fuel tank to drop and make contact with the ground.



Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will bolt a bracket reinforcement to the frame, free of charge. The recall began May 2, 2018. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is U04.



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


Rev 2 June 2018

Dealer Service Instructions for:

Safety Recall U04 / NHTSA 18V-160 Frame Bracket


NOTE: Revised claim procedures to include drill bit part allowance.  Revised Parts Information section.

NOTE: Effective immediately all repairs on involved vehicles are to be performed according to this notification.  Service Bulletin (TSB) # 14-002-18 is no longer applicable for the involved vehicles.  

NOTE: This safety recall is regional campaign; please reference the dealer policy manual regarding handling of customers within a regional recall. Also, see Regional Information section below.


Remedy Available

2009 – 2012 (DS) RAM 1500 Pickup
2009 – 2012 (DX) Dodge Reg Cab Chassis (Mexico)


NOTE:  This campaign applies only to the above vehicles built from May 28, 2008 through January 31, 2012 (MDH 052807 through 013101).

IMPORTANT:  Some of the involved vehicles may be in dealer used vehicle inventory.  Dealers should complete this recall service on these vehicles before retail delivery.  Dealers should also perform this recall on vehicles in for service. Involved vehicles can be determined by using the VIP inquiry process.



The front fuel tank strap on about 218,000 of the above vehicles may detach due to the frame bracket corroding. Detachment of the front fuel tank strap could potentially allow the front of the fuel tank to make contact with the ground, increasing the risk of a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire.



A fuel tank strap reinforcement bracket must be installed on all involved vehicles. If the old fuel tank strap was disconnected from the original frame bracket, replace the front and rear fuel tanks straps with NEW fuel tank straps and locking nuts.


Alternate Transportation

Dealers should attempt to minimize customer inconvenience by placing the owner in a loaner vehicle if inspection determines that repair is required and the vehicle must be held overnight.


Regional Information

Some vehicles, not originally sold or currently registered in the selected region, may experience the same condition that is the subject of the limited service or recall campaign (e.g., vehicles located in “border states”, vehicles regularly driven in states included in the recall, etc.). If a vehicle exhibits such a condition, refer to the subject Recall, CSN or Warranty Extension and verify the vehicle meets all of the following 3 criteria:

  • The vehicle built date falls within the built date range identified on the service or recall campaign notice; and
  • The vehicle is identical (year, model, make, sales codes, etc.) to the vehicles identified on the service or recall campaign notice; and
  • The vehicle exhibits the same condition(s) that is identified on the service or recall campaign notice.

For vehicles that meet all the above 3 criteria, the Dealer must perform the service or recall campaign work at “No Cost” to the customer. All decisions authorized by Dealership Management must be properly documented on the repair order including Service Management initials, date and reason for the repair.”


Regional Information (Continued) 

Only vehicles originally sold or currently registered in the following states have been notified of this recall.

Connecticut Massachusetts Ohio
Delaware Michigan Pennsylvania
Illinois Minnesota Rhode Island
Indiana Missouri Vermont
Iowa New Hampshire Washington, DC
Maine New Jersey West Virginia
Maryland New York Wisconsin


Parts Information

Description Part Number
Kit, Fuel Tank Strap Mounting Bracket 68418923AB
Each package contains the following components:
Description Quantity
Fuel Tank Strap Mounting Bracket 1
Rivnuts 4
Fasteners, Mounting Bracket 4
Kit, Fuel Tank Straps (Only if Needed) CCVJU041AA
Description Quantity
Strap, Fuel Tank Front 1
Strap, Fuel Tank Rear 1
Description Part Number
*Spray Primer or Equivalent 04443633 Safety Recall U04 / NHTSA 18V-160 Frame Bracket - 2009-2012 Dodge Ram 1500 | small light
*Spray Paint, Black 04443609
Nut, Hex Flange Lock, M10x1.50 (Qty of 2) 06104717AA Safety Recall U04 / NHTSA 18V-160 Frame Bracket - 2009-2012 Dodge Ram 1500 | small light


*Note: Each can of primer and spray paint will service approximately 25 vehicles.


Special Tools

The following special tools are required to perform this repair:

  • NPN
wiTECH micro pod II
  • NPN
Laptop Computer
  • NPN
wiTECH Software
  • 320-FC-P30-A
John Dow Gas Caddy or Equivalant
  • 8978
Fuel Decay Tool Kit
  • 8978-2
5/16” fuel tube disconnect
  • 8531-1
3/8” fuel tube disconnect
WTT106001A Tool, Rivnut Installation


4 Affected Products


RAM 1500 2009-2012


23 Associated Documents

Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – 03/16/2018 New Safety Recall Advanced Communication – U04

RCMN-18V160-1292.pdf 222.066KB




RMISC-18V160-3243.pdf 60.78KB



Recall 573 Report

RCLRPT-18V160-6233.PDF 213.638KB



ISSUED Interim Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RIONL-18V160-9252.pdf 250.502KB



Recall 573 Report

RCLRPT-18V160-6233.PDF 213.638KB



Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-18V160-2156.pdf 247.684KB



U04 Owner Apology Letter

RMISC-18V160-6290.pdf 313.279KB



Remedy Instructions and TSB – Rev 1 May 2018

RCRIT-18V160-2870.pdf 2292.517KB



ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-18V160-9692.pdf 39.856KB



Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Remedy Timeline for the U04Safety Recall By Mopar on Tuesday, May 01, 2018

RCMN-18V160-7763.pdf 224.58KB



Remedy Instructions and TSB – Revision May 2018

RCRIT-18V160-1897.pdf 2041.754KB



ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577 – Completed Recall Letter

RCONL-18V160-9657.pdf 250.169KB



Remedy Instructions and TSB – May 2018

RCRIT-18V160-2117.pdf 1987.414KB



Recall 573 Report-Amendment 4

RCLRPT-18V160-4000.PDF 216.121KB



Recall 573 Report-Amendment 1

RCLRPT-18V160-3761.PDF 216KB



Recall 573 Report-Amendment 2

RCLRPT-18V160-6637.PDF 216.044KB



Recall 573 Report-Amendment 3

RCLRPT-18V160-2094.PDF 216.045KB



Renotification Representative Copy

RMISC-18V160-8919.pdf 41.765KB



Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2018-3

RCLQRT-18V160-3317.PDF 211.252KB



Remedy Instructions and TSB – Rev 2 June 2018

RCRIT-18V160-3880.pdf 2352.369KB



ISSUED Renotification Notice

RCRN-18V160-4829.pdf 135.496KB



Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2018-4

RCLQRT-18V160-7496.PDF 211.354KB



Recall Quarterly Report #4, 2019-1

RCLQRT-18V160-8679.PDF 211.468KB



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