Chrysler recently announced the recall of approximately 242,780 Dodge Ram trucks for a problem with the tie rod assembly. The following vehicles are included in the recall:
- Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4x4 vehicles from model year 2008
- Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4x4 vehicles from model years 2003 through 2011
- Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis 4x2 vehicles from model years 2008 through 2011
The recall was issued after it was discovered the left tie rod ball stud in the affected vehicles may fracture, which the manufacturer reports often occurs during parking lot-related moves made at low speeds, such as when the driver is making a tight, narrow turn. In addition, Dodge Ram 2500/3500 vehicles from model years 2003 through 2008 may have been given the defective tie rod assembly as substitute parts during routine service. Due to the condition, the affected vehicles may lose directional stability in the left hand front wheel, which increases the danger of an accident occurring.
To remedy the defect, dealers will examine the tie rod ends of the affected vehicles for relative orientation and will substitute the left outer tie rod as needed. A front end toe alignment may also be done, if required. The remedy will be conducted at no cost to consumers.
Consumers with questions can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 and reference safety recall number L16. To learn more about the recall, the Vehicle Safety Hotline of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can also be called at 1-888-327-4236, and http://www.SaferCar.gov can be visited.
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