Noble McIntyre on July 14, 2011
Chrysler is recalling about 250,000 Ram pickups because a bad part in the steering system makes it possible for drivers to lose control of the truck. The bad news for Chrysler is the Ram is the company’s top selling vehicle, with 242,780 Ram pickups from the 2008-2011 model years being recalled. The defective product recall is in response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s announcement that a part near the left front wheel of the truck can fracture and potentially cause crashes.
Fortunately, according to the news report, there have been only a few minor crashes and one minor injury from the Ram’s problems. This is because the problem typically occurs at low speeds and when drivers are making tight turns.
The affected models include 2008-2011 Ram 250 and 350 four-wheel-drive pickups, 2008-2011 Ram 350 two-wheel-drive chassis cabs made from February 14, 2008 through March 28, 2011, and 2008 Ram 1500 mega cab four-wheel-drive models made from February 14, 2008 through August 15, 2008. It is also possible that Ram 250 and 3500 trucks made from the 2003 through 2008 model years could be recalled if the same part was replaced by mechanics during regular service.
Chrysler dealers announced that they will inspect the trucks and replace the left outer tie rod and align the wheels for free if necessary. As of now, Chrysler has not announced when they will notify owners. Affected owners can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.
The recall is being defined as voluntary. If a manufacturer becomes aware of a problem in a vehicle, it must inform the agency of a plan for recall of face civil penalties.