Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2003-2008 Dodge RAM 2500 4×4 and 3500 4×4, model year 2007-2008 Dodge RAM 3500 4×2 Cab Chassis and model year 2006-2008 Dodge RAM 1500 Mega Cab 4×4 trucks manufactured February 12, 2002, through February 13, 2008. The left tie rod assembly may break, resulting in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
The current recall actually stemmed from a failed installation of parts following a 2011 recall. Chrysler recalled RAM 2500/6500 4X4’s back in 2011 for a fractured ball stud on the driver side tie rod; 17 vehicle owner questionnaires were filed by customers who received parts following the recall and the NHTSA requested that Chrysler investigate the claims. Chrysler found that the parts replaced in the 2011 recall could have been installed improperly due to obscure manual instructions. A misinterpretation of the steps could lead to over articulating during installation and subsequent fracture of the tie rod ball stud. On October 30, the auto company determined to issue a voluntary recall to replace the fractured parts.
Chrysler is unsure of the actual percentage of vehicles affected by this tie rod defect, hence the mass recall of 707,176 vehicles.
The auto company plans to begin notification of dealers and owners in December 2013.
Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.
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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