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Chrysler Closes The Old Year with New Recalls

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On: Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 11:22AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Chrysler Closes The Old Year with New Recalls

It would appear to the outside observer that for every positive step Chrysler makes on the road to its recovery, there is another step backwards causing a bump in that road. Chrysler has made great strides on the comeback trail considering the company was on the brink of total financial ruin just a year ago. Of course, that doesn’t mean they are completely out of the woods yet. Before closing out the year and saying good-bye to 2010, Chrysler needed to issue a bunch of recalls on several models of the company's vehicles.

The first Chrysler targeted in this end-of-the-year recall is the 2009 Dodge Journey. These cars rolled off the assembly lines between November 2007 and September 2008. The issue with this batch of Journeys appears to be a section of inferior wiring which, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), could end up experiencing “fatigue and breaking.” If that occured it would have a direct effect on the side-impact sensors, which in turn is going to cause a problem with airbag deployment and sensing any type of collision. It could also cause the airbag light to go on and off.

The total number of Dodge Journeys that Chrysler plans to call back is around 65,180. They plan to get the fixes underway in February. The dealerships will replace the vehicles' wiring harness at no expense to the owners.

For the second recall, owners need to be concerned only if they recently bought a 2011 model year Ram. The 56,611 autos in this recall were manufactured between September and December of 2010. The problem with these models has to do with the rear-axle bearing. The NHTSA reports that these particular axles might seize up, leading to a potential crash. If you are driving one of these Rams and hear a grinding or growling noise from the axle, that’s a sure sign the bearing is at the failure point. As in the recall for the Journey, Chrysler expects to start this fix in February, too.

Finally, Chrysler will be asking the owners of the Ram 4500 and 5500 models from 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 to bring their trucks back in to replace a left ball stud on the tie rod. It’s another case of a faulty piece that might break and lead to lose of control. There are only 22,274 Rams targeted in this recall.

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