Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chrysler recalls 242,780 Dodge Ram pickup trucks

DETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat SpA's Chrysler Group LLC will recall about 243,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks because of potential problems with tie rod assemblies that may increase the risk of a crash, the automaker and U.S. safety regulators said.
To be recalled are 2008-2011 Ram 2500 and 3500 4x4 models, 2008-2011 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis 4x2 models, 2008 Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4x4 models, and 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 models, according to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The vehicles "may experience a fracture of the left tie rod stud," Chrysler told the NHTSA. "This condition tends to occur during low speed parking lot type maneuvers when the (driver) is making a left turn."
This may result in the "loss of directional stability" in the left front wheel, increasing the risk of a crash, Chrysler said.
Chrysler said that the risk is highest when making a sharp, 90-degree turn.
The filing made no mention of injuries or crashes linked to the problem.
Chrysler has not yet determined when customers will get letters alerting them to the recall.

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