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2011 Dodge Ram Chrysler has announced that it's recalling over 121,000 vehicles in two separate actions. A total of 56,611 2011 Ram 1500 pickup trucks are headed back to dealers over concerns that a bearing in the rear axle may fail. While the problem may present itself in the form of a growl or grinding noise, if left unchecked, the axle may seize up, potentially causing a crash. The vehicles in question were manufactured between September 2009 and December 2010.

Additionally, the carmaker is also recalling 65,180 Dodge Journey crossovers from the 2009 model year due to faulty wiring. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, wiring in the vehicle's front door may fatigue and break over time. As this could interrupt the side-impact airbag circuit, owners may encounter an ABS warning light on the dash. In the event of an accident, the side-impact air bags may not deploy properly. This marks the second large recall on the 2011 Ram in less than a month.

Both recalls are expected to begin in February and Chrysler will repair the axles in Ram 1500 models and replace the both front door wiring harnesses in Dodge Journey models free of charge as necessary. Hit the jump to see both recall notices.


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[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
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Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
DODGE / RAM 1500 2011

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC

Mfr's Report Date: DEC 24, 2010

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V656000
N/A

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component:
SUSPENSION:REAR:AXLE:SPINDLE

Potential Number of Units Affected:
56,611

Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 RAM 1500 TRUCKS MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 2009 THROUGH DECEMBER 2010. SOME VEHICLES MAY HAVE EXPERIENCE A NOISE (GROWL, GRIND) COMING FROM THE REAR AXLE BEARING WHICH COULD EVENTUALLY SEIZE.

Consequence:
A FAILURE OF THE BEARING COULD CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO STALL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPAIR AS NECESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes:
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 .


Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
DODGE / JOURNEY 2009

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC

Mfr's Report Date: DEC 23, 2010

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V658000

N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING

Potential Number of Units Affected:
65,180

Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 DODGE JOURNEY VEHICLES MANUFACTURER FROM NOVEMBER 1, 2007, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7, 2008. THE WIRES WITHIN THE FRONT DOOR WIRE HARNESSES MAY FATIGUE AND BREAK, WHICH CAN INTERRUPT THE CIRCUITS FOR THE SIDE IMPACT SENSOR(S), RESULTING IN AN AIRBAG WARNING LAMP ILLUMINATION AND LOSS OF SIDE CRASH SENSING CAPABILITY.

Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE SIDE AIRBAG MAY NOT DEPLOY, REDUCING THE PROTECTION INTENDED FOR THE OCCUPANT AND INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURIES.

Remedy:
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE LEFT AND RIGHT DOOR WIRING HARNESSES 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. K07. 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 .