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Ram recalls older 1500 models over sagging fuel tanks

The recall covers vehicles located in 20 "salt-belt" states.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than a quarter-million pickup truck models located in the so-called "salt-belt" to address a defect that could cause the vehicles' fuel tanks to sag.

The recall covers 2009-2012 Ram 1500 pickup truck models located in 20 states that routinely use salt to treat snow-covered roads. Those states include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Vehicles registered in the District of Columbia are also covered by the recall.

According to FCA, over time salt could corrode one of the 1500's fuel tank brackets, causing the tank to sag. FCA says there are other structural components that would prevent the tank from completely separating from the vehicle.

So far no injuries or accidents have been linked to the defect. FCA has not been made aware of any cases involving a fuel leak or a fire, either. Dealers will remedy the faulty bracket free of charge.

The recall covers a total of 270,254 Ram 1500 models located in the United States. The safety campaign also covers 26,676 1500 models in Canada, 1,063 in Mexico and 5,269 trucks outside of the NAFTA region.