Chrysler is issuing a recall for the 2009 and 2010 Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota pickup trucks due to improper installation of the rear axle pinion nut. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 44,300 trucks are affected by the recall, and there have been 12 confirmed incidents including one crash.

The issue on both trucks is that the pinion nut is loosening on some trucks due to a lack of thread adhesive, and it is causing the rear axle to lock up resulting in loss of vehicle control. NHTSA's recall notice says that eight incidents occurred at speeds over 35 miles per hour and most also exhibited driveshaft failures as well since the loss of the pinion nut would cause the gear to separate from the driveshaft. In one complaint, the driveshaft separated from the rear axle and punctured the gas tank.

Chrysler will begin sending out recall notices to affected owners in November, but scroll down to see the official NHTSA notice.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DODGE / DAKOTA 2009-2010
DODGE / RAM 1500 2009-2010

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC

Report Receipt Date: SEP 28, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V474000

NHTSA Action Number: PE12021

Component: POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DIFFERENTIAL UNIT

Potential Number of Units Affected: 44,300

Summary:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2009-2010, Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota trucks, manufactured from July 1, 2009, through November 30, 2009, because a rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to a lack of adhesive.

Consequence:
If the rear axle pinion nut loosens, the axle can lock up and cause a loss of vehicle control and/or a vehicle crash with little warning.

Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a pinion nut retainer, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2012. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

Notes:
Chrysler's recall campaign number is M34. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      clyogi
      • 2 Years Ago
      I received a recall notice more than four months ago on my 2011 Chrysler 300. I called immediately to make an appointment at my local dealer. They said the part is on back order, but that they would call me as soon as it is received. Despite several calls to the dealership, I am still waiting for my appointment. I guess safety recalls from Chrysler are not all that important to the company.
        metusmetu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @clyogi
        If it's a "safety" item, file a complaint with the NHTSA, you should be able to do it online.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Once again relatively new vehicle and crucial component failing, this time from a lack of thread adhesive. I suppose quality control is a after thought these days.
      Kevin
      • 2 Years Ago
      thats y i drive a ford f150
      Duke Woolworth
      • 2 Years Ago
      It seems they used luck-tite instead of loc-tite.
      ralphalmaraz
      • 2 Years Ago
      another well spent bail-out to a junk automaker
      smeagle.hk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Handsome truck.
      Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome. My '09 Ram is running and driving great. I am afraid to have the dealership work on it and mess things up....LOL.
      Doug
      • 2 Years Ago
      I loved my 2005 Dodge Quad Pick Up until the pinion bolt reversed itself off and locked up the rear end. The axle actually fell off of the truck. Of course I had 40,000 miles on it and the warranty on drive trains for 2005 is only 36K. Great looking truck, I wished it performed as great as it looks.
      valgaavmiko
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's nice. How about acknowledging the acceleration problem in your 95-06 jeeps. I don't like mine accelerating when I hit the brake, thanks.
      Brianne Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please help me. Just the other day while driving my son to school the pinion nut on my 09 dodge ram came loose causing me to loose control of my truck. I lost the whole rear end on my truck. The pinion nut is currently under recall for that same model and make but because my vin doesn't fall under the recall they are unwilling to helpe for the very same reason they are recalling other trucks.. If I wasn't at slow speed my truck would have flipped and possibly killed my son and I. What can I do?
        Jeff Plantan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brianne Smith
        Chrysler is famous for this. I also have a 2009 1500 Ram, and at 29,000 miles, the tie rod ends were completely worn out. I knew that there was a recall on them, so I went back to the dealer. (my truck was still covered under the 3 year 36000 mile warranty) When I went to the dealer I was told that my truck was not part of the recall, and I would have to pay $129. for an alignment. I argued that there was a recall on the tie rod ends, and mine wore out prematurely, how could it not be included?? I told the general manager of the dealer that Chrysler needed to extend the recall. That a broken tie rod could kill someone. A year later, I have never gotten a recall notice.
      metusmetu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Be nice if they would do a recall on early 2000 4.7 V8's in the Dodge Ram 1500, real nice when you start it up and the rocker arms shoot through the valve covers!! Also, need to do something about the evaporator canister system, had a problem with it a few years back, kept throwing the code, finally traced it back to the gas cap, now several years later it's throwing the same code again!! Also the blower motor for heat and a/c sounds like a cement mixer when you kick it on high!! Don't say I'm a "lousy owner" and don't do the maintenance, I've babied this truck like it was my own kid, and something is always popping up!! Friggin tired of this crap!!
      danny_boitnott
      • 1 Year Ago
      Danny B My 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 was not covered by the recall either. I do not drive it often (only 40000) but took it in to the dealership this morning to get oil change, tune-up, etc so we could take it on a road trip this weekend. Told them it had a vibration that they needed to check out. They called me back an hour later and they were having to send a wreaker after it. The Pinion Gear had locked up on the mechanic as he took it for a test drive to see what the vibration was. Dodge needs to revisit the recall.
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