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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.




Journey photos copyright ©2008 Chris Shunk / AOL

[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 .


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting on the Journey recall for premature brake wear. Hopefully it's near before the entire car falls apart...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good way to start off the year huh?

      smh
        • 4 Years Ago
        Often a problem with a vehicle doesn't show up until some time has passed, like with the 2009 Journey's. Today's vehicles are very complex and you can't tell in 10,000 miles or 10,000 sold if you got everything right. Like the others have said, if it's not a major issue and it's handled promptly it's not as big a deal as in days past. Chrysler still has a solid record over the past couple of years when it comes to recalls. The number of recalls and the total number of vehicles recalled has been lower than a lot of full line automakers, foreign and domestic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, most people assume the recall has some direct link to quality at the OEM level. This is NOT always the case. This one sounds more like a supplier issue to me. While Chrysler gets the black mark for having to recall vehicles, the supplier gets relative anonymity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as I dispise Obama and anything associate with him and the Democrats, I don't give him the credit or accolades for what happened to toyota. Toyota did this to themselves and anyone trying to pass the buck and claim "it's a witch hunt", "it's a conspiracy generated by the domestics", or any of the many crazy claims the Toyophiles use in defending a company laden with deciet and fairy tails.
      Toyota got caught screwing the pooch and the defenders are living in a fantasy world.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This has nothing to do with Toyota. This a Dodge recall... you people just cant leave Toyota alone huh ? This is Dodge fault an issue with their vehicle they need to fix.. dont see how Toyota came into the conversation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota did it to themselves, the same way virtually every other volume maker has done it to themselves in the past.

        The difference is the 1000x more coverage on Toyota's so-called safety issues. You really don't find something peculiar about the extra attention? Are you really naive enough to think that it couldn't possibly be even the least bit politically motivated? Especially given the timing?

        Toyota is definitely not perfect, but call it like it is. What happened to Toyota was a witch hunt. Ford's SUV's burning to the ground, taking people's lived and houses with them, deserved MUCH more attention than people stepping on the wrong pedal, and it got comparatively no attention in the mainstream. (even with 15+million late recalls.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good thing Dodge caught the RAM problems early because that is a serious issue. In regards to the Journey problem, that sound like a supplier issue, but of course the vehicle is the one that gets recalled.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously, wtf is going on?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This isn't just an issue of handling vehicle defects properly, either. If Chrysler keeps steadily improving their product inside and out (and they show no signs of slowing down, on the contrary, the best seems yet to come), pretty soon the old DaimlerChrysler's reputation for crap interiors and such will be usurped by the truth: that they've changed their ways for the better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While I agree with what you're saying, I had the misfortune of getting a Dodge Journey as my rental car this holiday season. (it was Christmas Eve, and I could either take the Journey or take a pick-up truck. Mileage concerns won out and I took the Journey.)

        There is absolutely nothing good about this vehicle. Nothing. It wallows. The transmission lags terribly and shifts brutally. Visibility is poor, even with a ton of glass. If Chrysler truly has changed for the better the Journey is not the example you want to use.

        OK, I'll contradict myself. There was one good thing about the Journey--its satellite radio. But nothing else. If Oprah herself offered to give me this car I would say no thank you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tell me why Chrysler got billions in a bailout to crank out crap? Geez
      • 4 Years Ago
      Obama gets dragged into this because he and the federal gov't have a vested stake in GM and Chrysler vehicles. That is why a "car czar" was appointed. The car czar made sure that Toyota (the #1 selling brand in the world" had it reputation marred by exploiting the "sudden acceleration" story until people actually believed that every Toyota sold just turns on and runs crap over. Yes, the Obama administration did this. That is how Obama gets dragged into this situation.
      BTW----- Ram is now a separate brand, the pictures of the 1500 Laramie is titled 2011 Dodge Ram Laramie Longhorn edition, it should read 2011 Ram Laramie Longhorn edition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude, you bring new meaning the word ignorance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The car czar made sure that Toyota (the #1 selling brand in the world" had it reputation marred by exploiting the "sudden acceleration" story until people actually believed that every Toyota sold just turns on and runs crap over."

        Any actual proof to back this assertion?

        (Proof? Ha! What am I talking about? Who needs proof?!!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ray "THE HOOD" Lahood: No, no, NO! We gave these guys our (er, the American taxpayers) money - we should only recall Toyota's & Honda's!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Recalls used to be a mark against automakers from a "reputation for quality" standpoint, but from a "taking care of customers" perspective, prompt and clearly-defined recalls are definitely a smart and necessary move.

      Toyota learned this the hard way: trying to protect a reputation for quality by postponing recalls or keeping defects quiet has hurt them; same with Ford's Windstar axles. Toyota's down but not out because they changed their tune.

      Despite the most recalls last year, their Camry and Corolla still outsold their competitors. Never underestimate the power of apology and atonement.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Same way Bush got dragged into everything. (sigh)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Automakers NEED to hire more workers on the assembly lines if they want to maintain quality. Having 1 worker pump out 5 cars a day is NOT going to guarantee good workmanship. And no Toyota did not learn a thing because they had nothing to learn. NHTSA rated Toyota vehicles very safe before Obama took office. Toyota vehicles are safest no matter what Obama says. 15 or even 50 defects out of millions of vehicles is well within industrial quality standards.
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