I don't know when the recall was issued. I think it was around ten years ago. If the PO took the truck in and his hitch was cracked they would have replaced the whole thing. If it wasn't, you would be able to spot the plates with three bolts on either side of the hitch support tubes.When was that recall first out? (year) I have inspected mine a couple of times & everything looked good. Not sure about the bracing, what it looks like. My 99 2500 only has 75,000 original miles. PO was pretty good about doing service stuff. PO bought it new to tow his boat.