The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Chrysler announced the recall of several models of Chrysler Group LLC manufactured trucks for defective power trains.
Although the total number of units affected in the recall is 278,222 in the U.S., the figure is 370,297 sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks globally. That includes 63,321 in Canada, 23,767 in Mexico, and in the remainder of the world, 4,987 vehicles. Vehicles included in the recall are the following:
- 2009-2012 Dodge Ram pickup trucks
- 2009-2011 Dodge Dakota pickup trucks
- 2009 Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen sport utility vehicles
Risk of Accidents
The danger is in the power train. A loose fastener could cause lock-up of the rear axle. The driver would likely lose control of the vehicle and an accident could follow. In October, 2012, more than 44,000 Ram 1500 and Dakota pickup trucks were recalled for the identical problem. The NHTSA has since received field reports and customer complaints indicating the problem is more widespread; the problem also is present in vehicles not included in that 2012 recall.
The recall is expected to begin in March, 2013. Owners will be notified by Chrysler. At no charge, dealers will install a pinion nut retainer.
Owners of recalled trucks and sport utility vehicles may contact Chrysler at (800) 247-9753 or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
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