Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling an estimated 260,315 Ram pickup trucks because their tailgates could fly open.
An additional 1.1 million trucks in the United States and 19,432 in Mexico are also being recalled to fix the problem.
An investigation by FCA US found that the power locking mechanisms in the tailgates of certain pickups have a small internal component that may break over time. If that happens, the vehicle’s tailgate may unlatch, the company said.
The recall affects certain Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from model years 2015 through 2017. Trucks equipped with manual tailgate locks are excluded from the recall, as are those with eight-foot cargo beds.
The automaker said it will upgrade the tailgate locking mechanisms of affected trucks.
FCA said it is not aware of any injuries or crashes related to the problem.
Owners of the affected trucks will be notified when service becomes available. In the interim, FCA is reminding its customers that all loose cargo should be secured while driving and that they can use alternate features to accommodate load security, such as tie-down rings, cleats, high-friction bed-liners, bulkhead dividers and bed-extenders.