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Ram Trucks Suffer Recall Syndrome, Likelihood Of 'Crash' Questionable

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On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:51AM | By: John Welch


Ram Trucks Suffer Recall Syndrome, Likelihood Of 'Crash' Questionable

This might sound like a bit of a stretch, but it is an official NHTSA recall none the less. Newly minted Ram Trucks, built between March 2009 and October 2010, that are equipped with a Cummins and the HydroBoost brake system, may show their brake lights too long, causing traffic accidents. Frustration maybe, but accidents? The HydroBoost system, effective at stopping two and a half tons of truck, has little to do with the issue. The real problem is with the power steering resevoir, or more specifically, the resevoir's cap. The cap could be rated for excessive vent pressures, which in turn slows the return motion of the brake pedal. According to the NHTSA, this will lead to lingering brake lights, the slow fading beams somehow causing crashes.

Ahem, sorry, "Increase the risk of crash" . . . Contact your local Dodge or Ram Trucks dealer if you think you may have a truck affected by the recall. Ram will also alert drivers by mail, making sure your truck is up to code one way or another. Full recall inside the post.

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DODGE / RAM 2010-2011

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC Mfr's Report Date: DEC 07, 2010

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V616000

Component: STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:POWER STEERING FLUID

Potential Number of Units Affected: 76122

Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 DODGE RAM TRUCKS MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 2009 THROUGH OCTOBER 2010. SOME VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH DIESEL ENGINE AND A HYDROBOOST BRAKE SYSTEM MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH A POWER STEERING RESERVOIR CAP WITH EXCESSIVE VENT PRESSURE LEVELS THAT MAY RESULT IN BRAKE PEDALS THAT ARE SLOW TO RETURN.

Consequence:
BRAKE LIGHTS THAT ARE SLOW TO EXTINGUISH COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE POWER STEERING RESERVOIR CAP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes:
CHRYSLER SAFETY RECALL NO. K33. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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