There's good news and bad news for owners of the 2012 Ram (formerly Dodge Ram).
The bad news is that the Ram 1500 pickup has been recalled for a problem with its spare tire. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some Ram trucks from the 2012 model year were sold with an improperly sized spare tire, which doesn't match the specifications given on the tire placard.
As a result, when owners put on the spare, there's a chance that it may activate the vehicle's electronic stability control system, thereby "altering the effectiveness of the ESC system, increasing the risk of a crash".
The good news? The problem only affects 2012 Rams manufactured during a 48-hour period, from January 5 to January 6, 2012. In all, just 129 vehicles are subject to recall.
Chrysler will begin notifying owners of the problem later this month. After they receive that notifications, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a dealer, who will inspect and repair them free of charge. (Though Chrysler hasn't given details about what that repair will involve.)
If you have additional questions, you can contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 and ask about recall #M14. Or if you prefer, contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about campaign #12V192000.