The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2017 Ram 1500, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: Vehicle Rollaway

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE16014

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: December 16, 2016
    • Date Closed: N/A
    • Recall: No recall yet

    Component(s): Power Train:Automatic Transmission
    Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Control Module (Tcm, Pcm)
    Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Gear Position Indication (Prndl)

    Summary: The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has identified 43 complaints alleging vehicle roll-away from a parked position in model year (MY) 2013-2016 Ram 1500 and MY 2014-2016 Dodge Durango. These subject vehicles are equipped with an electronically shifted transmission and electronic rotary control for driver gear selections.The reports alleged that the unintended motion occurred after the driver moved the transmission gear selector to Park and exited the vehicle.Nine injuries have been alleged in eight reports, 25 crashes are alleged. Thirty-four of the reports alleged that the vehicle was moving while the shifter indicated that it was in the park position.Many of the incidents alleged the engine was running, however it was noted as off in a few cases. Notably none of the reports indicate that the parking brake was engaged at the time of the roll-away incident.Subject vehicle owners, and in fact all drivers, should always apply the parking brake to prevent vehicle roll-away.A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency, and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect.The ODI complaints cited above can be viewed at under the following ODI identification numbers:10554951, 10559744, 10617268, 10648455, 10664380, 10701261, 10726180, 10744809, 10746012, 10746574, 10749304, 10761819, 10764187, 10787674, 10808836, 10820611, 10825024, 10859918, 10860998, 10861070, 10861275, 10861466, 10863765, 10865590, 10870288, 10875626, 10875918, 10883952, 10884961, 10887416, 10896337, 10898192, 10898999, 10899161, 10903709, 10906809, 10907102, 10910068, 10911170, 10914057, 10917680, 10917771, and 10926262.