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Dodge Recalls 36,000 Trucks

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On: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 4:33PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Dodge Recalls 36,000 Trucks

Chrysler has issued a recall of 36,710 of its Dodge Ram pickup trucks. The trucks in question were built between February 20, 2007 through December 22,2012 which were designated as 2008-2012 model years. The recall is limited to Ram 4500 and Ram 5500 models. These trucks are typically limited to work use -- tow trucks, light dump trucks, and plenty of towing applications.  The issue here is a defect from the factory, a weak left tie rod assembly that has the propensity to break under stress.  Naturally, these trucks are exposed to tons of stressful work and with the amount of weight they can be hauling around, a broken tie rod assembly could cause the loss of steering capabilities and subsequently cause massive damage and potentially a number of fatalities if it were to occur in the wrong scenario.  

Unfortunately Chrysler has not yet figured out a way to fix the faulty tie-rod assembly, but will begin contacting owners of the problem starting next month. Once a resolution has become available, Chrysler will send out a second notice with an action plan for owners to bring their trucks in for a fix. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753 with questions.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V527000
Component(s): STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 36,710

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC


SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 RAM 4500 and 5500 trucks manufactured February 20, 2007, through December 22, 2012. The left tie rod assembly may break.

CONSEQUENCE:
A failure of the tie rod assembly may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will send interim notices to owners notifying them of the issue beginning in December 2013. A remedy is still under development. Owners will receive a second notice once the remedy is available. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N63.

NOTES:
This recall supersedes tie rod recall 10V657. Vehicles that were previously remedied under recall 10V657 are also affected by this campaign. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.




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