Dodge Recalls Nearly 250,000 2003-2011 Ram Trucks Due to Faulty Tie Rod Assembly

By Joel Arellano | July 13, 2011
Chrysler is recalling 242,780 of its 2003-2011 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks. The issue is the vehicles’ left tie rod ball stud. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the part may fracture when the driver is making tight turns at low speeds typically found navigating in parking lots. This could possibly affect the directional stability of the front left tire and increase the chance of an accident. The agency has received 12 complaints possibly involving the issue. The recall affects 242,780 vehicles, which includes the 2008-2011 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4x4, 2008-2011 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis 4x2, and 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4x4. Additionally, Chrysler is recalling 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 trucks that may have received the part in question during a regular service visit.
Dodge dealerships have been instructed to inspect the part and replace it free of charge. They will also perform a front end toe alignment if deemed necessary. Chrysler has not released a schedule when it will be notifying owners of the recall, but owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Source: NHTSA