Chrysler Recall: 1.2 Million Trucks Called Back for Possible Steering Issue
Chrysler Group is recalling approximately 1.2 million pickup trucks for problems that may lead to a loss of steering. Chrysler said it is "casting the net wider than necessary" as it anticipates that only 453,000 vehicles in the big recall will actually need repair. However, the automaker is using the recall to discover which models are equipped with the faulty parts. All the vehicles in the Chrysler recall announcements today involve possibly faulty steering system tie rods that may have been misaligned during assembly or servicing. This problem may cause steering loss in the vehicles, according to Chrysler. One recall includes 2003-2008 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 models. Although only 116,000 of the models are estimated to be faulty, Chrysler is recalling 842,000 of them. Two other recalls are bringing back the 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500, chassis cabs, the 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cabs, and 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs. A total of seven accidents and two injuries have been reported due to the issue. Next month, owners affected by the Chrysler recall will be notified via mail. As early as January, owners can begin taking in their vehicles to dealerships for a free repair. Those who own recalled 4500 and 5500 models can take their trucks to the shop early for a temporary repair as the proper parts for these vehicles may not be available until late 2014. Source: Chrysler
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