Chrysler has issued a recall of 278,222 light trucks and sport utility vehicles here in the United States. The reason: bad rear axles. Specifically, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rear axle pinion nut may lack a necessary adhesive patch, which could cause the nut to loosen. If this happens, the axle can lock up, which could cause all sorts of havoc on the road.

This is an expansion of the rear axle recall announced in October of last year, where 44,300 Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota models were being called in. At that time, 12 accidents had been reported due to the faulty axle pinion nut.

Affected vehicles include Ram 1500 trucks from the 2009 to 2012 model years, Dodge Dakota models from the 2009 to 2011 model years, and both the Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUV twins, both from the 2009 model year only.

The official recall will kick off in March, where owners will be able to take their vehicles to dealerships and have a pinion nut retainer installed, free of charge. Scroll down for the official NHTSA bulletin.
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Report Receipt Date: FEB 06, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V038000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 278,222

All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make - Model - Model Year(s)

CHRYSLER ASPEN 2009
DODGE DAKOTA 2009-2011
DODGE DURANGO 2009
DODGE RAM 1500 2009-2012

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Ram 1500 trucks manufactured from February 27, 2008, through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009, through October 20, 2011; model year 2009-2011 Dodge Dakota trucks manufactured from February 27, 2007, through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009, through September 30, 2011; model year 2009 Chrysler Aspen trucks manufactured from January 3, 2008, through December 18, 2008; and model year 2009 Dodge Durango trucks manufactured from January 3, 2008, through December 18, 2008. The rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to a omission of an adhesive patch.

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 during March 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

NOTES

This campaign is an expansion of a recall campaign 12V-474. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N08. 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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      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ouch for Dana Corp...
      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler doesn't make axles, they buy them from American Axle Manufacturing (AAM). So this is an outside supplier issue. Hey, if the Toyotaphiles can use it as an excuse, so can we.
        Jerry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        No, it is Dana Corp. American Axle is GM's truck driveline supplier.
        404 not found
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        This recall is Toyota's fault. AMERICA **** yeah!
        Anon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        Sorry Walt but AAM does not supply the 1500 axles. Only 2500 and 3500. Check your facts.
      styxmiko
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally a recall that's not a toyota krap... It became annoying already to see 75% of recalls by Turdyota
        404 not found
        • 1 Year Ago
        @styxmiko
        Nice spin. Give us more of them?
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        @styxmiko
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        @styxmiko
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      d66coronet
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's just a stupid nut on the axle pinion. So they remove and replace a nut that has better locking capabilities. It's not a axle failure.
      Klinkster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not surprised from Chrysler. The only reason they sell cars and trucks is because they virtually give them away with industry leading incentives. How they have ever been able to make any money with this discount business model is a mystery.
      waagtod
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Fiat trucks may have lots of power but the drive train is weak. Look at the frame of a Ram tough truck and you can see it is about 3/4 the thickness of a Chevy's and half that of a Ford. I would be afraid to hit a bump with a load on because it might break in half.
        Titansfan1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waagtod
        That is not true. There are more Chevys on the road than any other truck being made and that does not include the twin. If you do not know what I mean by twin GMC Sierra.
      riserburn99andre
      • 1 Year Ago
      So much for JD Powers high ranking of Ram, Zing!
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      What are the chances this is retroactive? I know a few people who have battled with the service department about this.
      ebn.hahn
      • 1 Year Ago
      OOPs! Truck of the year showed its true colors..... I guess its easy to wiin when pitted against the FORD C-Max and OLD F150. Odds all in its favor.
      finzenchrome
      • 1 Year Ago
      Their employees probably stole the seemingly insignificant tubes of glue and started sniffing them in the parking lot. What better to complete the ongoing beer and pot party!
      noknrc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buying a real truck like a 3500 dually would eliminate this issue.
      fragmit50
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ytCEuuW2_A
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