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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler is recalling model year 2008-2011 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Heavy Duty trucks. The culprit is apparently the left ball stud on the tie rod that could weaken and potentially fracture, which could result in a loss of steering control.

As NHTSA plainly states, "loss of steering control of the vehicle could increase the risk of a crash." And that's a bad thing. Directions on contacting Chrysler or NHTSA can be found after the break, and, of course, the automaker will be fixing affected models free of charge.

[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DODGE / RAM 2008-2011
Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC Mfr's Report Date: DEC 23, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V657000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 22,274
Summary:
 CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2011 DODGE RAM 4500 AND 5500 VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE A WEAKENING AND FRACTURE OF THE LEFT BALL STUD ON THE TIE ROD RESULTING IN THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF STEERING.
Consequence:
 LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE LEFT OUTER TIE ROD FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
Notes:
 CHRYSLER SAFETY RECALL NO. K28. 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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      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one small Viper!

      Nice try though!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pretty obvious but very clever!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad thing is this is not the first time Chrysler has had issue with Ram trucks causing steering failure like this. When will you folks ever learn get your crap in order Chrysler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've driven Toyota's and Honda's since the 70s. I have never had a problem with any of my
      Toyota's or Honda's. They all had 200,000 miles plus when I got rid of them. I didn't need to get rid of them, just got tired of them and wanted something new.
      Their recall problems started when they began building vehicles in the United States and using American made products.
      I did buy a 1991 F-250 4X4, new, the tranny blew at 75000 and a lifter froze at 91000 miles. It will take along time for the big 3 to really compete with Toyota or Honda in quality or durability.
      They are going to have to cut somewhere because the UAW is talking about getting back what they gave up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have at least photoshopped a Corvette on the back of the flat bed.

      :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why isn't Ray "The Hood" Lahood screaming "DON'T DRIVE IT!!!"?
      Oh, that's right, he only does that for Toyota. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or because they recalled it when they were supposed to.
        • 4 Years Ago
        2 years after they first realized it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man a big truck with no steering is a majorly bad thing! And with all those trucks on the road you should be careful who you are next to
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Viper on the truck looks like a photoshop.
        • 4 Years Ago
        obvious photoshop is obvious.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet the MSM except for Fox would do its best to suppress this news to appease Obama.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Although Chrysler is ultimately responsible for their vehicle(s), this issue stems from a supplier/manufacturer oversight...some TRE's failed to meet Chrysler spec and can contact other members during full lock maneuvers in turn causing TRE cups to crack. Not a design problem but rather supplier quality...this issue was found/noted during development and corrected...however not all vehicles got corrected parts before rolling out to the customer...it happens.

      Issue identified and addressed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone who wants their car to go around corners shouldn't buy a Dodge in the first place.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice picture.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet the hack originated from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C
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