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Ram pickups recalled; tailgates that can unexpectedly open

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COUNTRYSIDE, IL - APRIL 02: A Ram 1500 pickup truck is offered for sale at Jack Phelan Dodge on April 2, 2013 in Countryside, Illinois. Chrysler Group LLC, the maker of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles, reported its 36th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains for March and its the best sales month since December 2007. Strong demand for the Ram 1500 helped to drive sales of Ram Trucks up 24 percent. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.4 million Ram pickups in the U.S. and Canada because tailgates with power locks can open while the trucks are moving.

The recall covers Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2015 through 2017 model years.

The company says in U.S. and Canadian government documents that if the tailgates open, unsecured cargo could fall into the road and cause a crash.

Fiat Chrysler says it has no reports of any crashes or injuries. U.S. documents say FCA received more than 5,800 complaints and warranty claims about the problem.

Dealers will fix the tailgate locking mechanism at no cost to owners. The recall is expected to start Sept. 14.

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