• Mar 23, 2009
The 2008 and 2009 Dodge Ram and 2009 Dodge Journey are being recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each for a different reason. The Ram's windshield wiper motor isn't adequately protected from water, so it could fail completely due to water intrusion. Initial numbers suggest 72,138 Rams are affected. The fix is a stop at the dealership to have some vented wiper motor housings installed.

Some 16,852 Dodge Journeys that do not have the optional 115-volt auxiliary power outlet are also being recalled. The unused electrical connector for that optional component could potentially cause a fire. It's the second fire-related recall for the Journey, and akin to the unused connector issue that affected the Town & Country and Grand Caravan. Dealers will remove the fuse and reroute the wiring. Full info on both recalls is available after the jump.




[Source: NHTSA: Ram, NHTSA: Journey]

PRESS RELEASE:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DODGE / RAM 2008-2009

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER LLC Mfr's Report Date: MAR 09, 2009

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V084000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR
Potential Number of Units Affected: 72136

Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING 72,136 MY 2008-2009 LIGHT AND HEAVY DUTY RAM PICKUP TRUCKS. THE WINDSHIELD WIPER MODULE MOTOR ASSEMBLY MAY BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO WATER INTRUSION THAT COULD RESULT IN PARTIAL OR COMPLETE LOSS OF WINDSHIELD WIPING CAPABILITY.

Consequence:
WHEN THE WIPER SYSTEM FAILS, THE OPERATOR WILL HAVE REDUCED VISIBILITY WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WIPER MODULE ASSEMBLIES WITH VENTED WIPER MOTOR HOUSINGS FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes:
CHRYSLER RECALL NO. J10. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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PRESS RELEASE:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DODGE / JOURNEY 2009

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER LLC Mfr's Report Date: MAR 09, 2009

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V082000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16852

Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING 16,852 MY 2009 DODGE JOURNEY EQUIPPED WITHOUT OPTIONAL 115 VOLT AUXILIARY POWER OUTLET. AN UNUSED ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR FOR THE OPTIONAL 115 VOLT AUXILIARY POWER OUTLET OPTION MAY BECOME CORRODED AND COULD SHORT CIRCUIT.

Consequence:
IF THE FUSE FOR THIS CIRCUIT DOES NOT BLOW, THE CONNECTOR COULD OVERHEAT AND POTENTIALLY CATCH FIRE.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL RE-ROUTE AND STOW THE 115 VOLT AUXILIARY POWER OUTLET CONNECTOR AND PULL THE 25 AMP FUSE TO REMOVE POWER FROM THIS UNUSED CIRCUIT FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes:
CHRYSLER RECALL NO. J09. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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  • 35 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Ram is the most handsome full size truck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good to see Dodge taking ownership of the issues and getting them fixed fast...unlike another American auto manufacturer...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I had to do a double take....until I saw the word American in Matt's first post I thought he was talking about Toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Guess who again guys.........I don't do much posting but know who/what you are.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tagg:

        You should re-read my comments (I know...reading is hard)...because I never ONCE mentioned Ford.

        Your post shows how far people will reach for something that is not there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought GM did pretty good on their recalls?

        Seriously, you call out people on the premise of truth? You should really re-read your comments. You're the guy that tried to get people to believe that the Taurus X was thousands less than the Flex yet every bit of data shows it with in $300 of a Flex.

        Thats just the tip of your "truth" you speak of.

        I have a question though. Did Ford kick your dog or something? Your hatred is truly impressive because Ford is all you post on except here (a Dodge post) and you bring up Ford.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good that they're easy fixes -- bad that they're fire and water damage related issues.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Additionally, on the positive side, the dealer can recover some of its cost by fixing the cars rather than the now unprofitable business of selling Chrysler vehicles (:x).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would still rather push my Dodge around the block than drive a fard or shovie.
      Leslie
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dodge makes a sucky car anyway and they do not fix the trouble when you have on I have a dodge advenger and while i was on a trip to another state the front controll arm broke while i was driving in turn that caused the front axil to break and they would not take care of any of it even though the front was on recall. I dont drive that car at all I will walk first cause they are not safe at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No wonder Chrysler/Dodge is at the bottom of most quality and dependability surveys. These defects should have been caught in the manufacturing process, especially the wiring issue, repeated on the T&C... shameful!

      I guess Chrysler has never heard of 6-sigma quality control...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aparently you didn't see the recent reliability report where Chrysler rated above average and higher than most German cars, including former parent Mercedes
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wasn't Toyota one of the most recalled brands last year? Just because a vehicle is recalled doesn't mean it's poorly made.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, So the "Handsome" 2009 dodger ram turned out to an unreliable piece of crap!

      That's why It won't never beat the F-150.

      Another reason to consider the 2009 F-150 though!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fastlane, You forgot about the F150'a catching on fire. Several people lost their homes because of their Ford trucks being parked in their attached garages. Ford Finally stepped up to the plate and issued a recall. Remember the faulty brake switches for the cruise control? http://www.fordfires.com/
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sea Urchin,

        The Journey has a cheap, tupperware interior. Plus the Avenger came out less than a year before the "amazing" Challenger which has come in last in every reveiw comparing it with the Mustang and Camaro and is only been out a year.

        The Ram is the only exception and it splits comparos with the F-150.

        The reason people will name the Explorer and Pinto is because people were actually effected by those recalls. For people to be effected you have to SELL cars. Chrysler hasn't sold a car in the volume of an Explorer in decades, perhaps ever.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you ask average American, can you name two most important safety issues ever with a vehicle, most will name Ford Pintos and Ford Explorers with Firestone tires. Heck and the fact that some Ford SUVs catch fire for no reason at all.

        Chrysler is definatly on the right path and the new RAM is great, i have yet to see a negative review. Ram is a truck, that is great to drive, F150 is a wannabe construction worker vehicle. And Journey is a revolutionary vehicle, which i believe is one of the best selling cars in Canada.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yaru, well there's no need for a Chrystal bowl. Just look at Chryslers latest cars, Journey is great, Ram is great, Challenger is amazing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "That's why It won't never beat the F-150."

        Double negative. Does that mean it will beat the F-150?
        • 5 Years Ago
        > Chrysler is definatly on the right path
        Would you mind if i borrowed your crystal ball?

        > Ram is a truck, that is great to drive, F150 is a wannabe construction worker vehicle
        Er, nevermind. Forget about the ball.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That Journey is a handsome car.

      If I was on the market, I would take a look at that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        that's one fiery car
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've owned or leased two Dodge Dakotas and currently own a Charger, but if I were in the market for a people mover, I'd gravitate to the Ford Flex or Edge over the Journey. Granted, both are significantly higher priced than the Journey, especially with Dodge's "Employee Pricing Plus" promotion, but in the style department, they've got Dodge beat easily.

        The Ram, on the other hand, is truly one handsome vehicle. If Chryler can stick around long enough to complete their design transition (particularly with regards to interiors) that started with the '09 Ram, they'll have some fine vehicles. For now, though, if I were in the market for anything other than a light-duty full size truck, Ford would probably receive my money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Recalls... every manufacturer has 'em.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm concerned about the Ram much more than the Journey (which, by the way, is quite a nice-looking vehicle on the road). This is the Ram's third recall in a few weeks. One recall? Fine. Three? I'd start worrying.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You should worry if they recalls happen more than 6 months after the vehicle has been on the road. I haven't seen a single 2009 Ram 1500 since the 2008 Detroit Auto Show.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They are recalling 17,000 Journeys...they sold 17,000 of them. Why not just combine the reposessions and the recalls at the same time and save everyone the time?
        • 5 Years Ago
        They sell over 3000 Journeys a month, so over a year that's about 40,000. Maybe it's 17,000 of this model year. By the way the Journey has outsold the vaunted Ford Flex every month the two have been on the market. They are not in the same segment but do you remember all the marketing hype the Flex got? The Journey's got almost no marketing support in comparison.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the 3rd recall for the 09 ram,yes the 3rd. how pathetic can chrysler be? typical domestic though.


      http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=144686
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