Chrysler has announced that it will issue three separate recalls that will cover as many as 1.2 million Ram pickup trucks for "steering-system tie rods that may have been misaligned during assembly or steering-system service." The vast majority of these trucks were sold in the United States, though some trucks in Mexico, Canada or overseas will be called in, as well.

The largest of the three recalls covers an estimated 842,400 model-year 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks. Two smaller campaigns will bring 294,000 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, chassis cabs and 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cabs; plus 43,500 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs into the dealer to be checked and repaired if necessary.

This is a very large recall, and Chrysler says it is "casting the net wider than necessary to identify those vehicles that require repair." The automaker estimates that "as many as 726,000 may not need repair."

Feel free to read all the details in the press releases from Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration below.
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Statement: Tie-Rod Assembly

November 8, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC will conduct three recalls affecting approximately 1.2 million trucks, though as many as 726,000 may not need repair.

The campaigns target an estimated 453,000 vehicles with steering-system tie rods that may have been misaligned during assembly or steering-system service.

Chrysler Group is casting the net wider than necessary to identify those vehicles that require repair. Any found to have suspect tie-rod assemblies will have those components replaced at no cost to customers.

One recall will inspect an estimated 842,400 model-year 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks to find approximately 116,000 repaired with tie-rod assemblies that could become misaligned. This condition could lead to component fracture and steering loss.

Two additional campaigns are being conducted to capture those vehicles known to have tie-rod assemblies linked to previous recalls. They comprise 294,000 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, chassis cabs and 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cabs; plus 43,500 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs.

Chrysler Group is aware of six accidents and two injuries involving model-year 2008-2012 2500 and 3500 trucks and one additional accident with no injuries involving the remaining models.

Affected customers will be notified by mail next month with instructions for making service appointments.

Work could begin as early as January. Customers who own affected 4500 and 5500 models may bring their vehicles to Chrysler Group dealers for interim service because replacement parts may not be available until late 2014.

Interim service would involve component inspections and, if necessary, realignment.

Approximately 968,000 vehicles of the total number affected are in the U.S.; 157,000 are in Canada; 37,100 in Mexico and 18,000 are outside the NAFTA region.

Customers who are concerned may call 1-800-853-1403.

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Report Receipt Date: JUL 06, 2011
NHTSA Campaign Number: 11V350000
Component(s): STEERING

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC

SUMMARY:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2011 DODGE RAM 2500/3500 4X4, MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 14, 2008, THROUGH MARCH 28, 2011; MODEL YEAR 2008-2011 DODGE RAM 3500 CAB CHASSIS 4X2, MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 14, 2008, THROUGH MARCH 28, 2011; AND MODEL YEAR 2008 DODGE RAM 1500 MEGA CAB 4X4, MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 14, 2008, THROUGH AUGUST 15, 2008, BECAUSE THE LEFT TIE ROD BALL STUD MAY FRACTURE. THIS CONDITION TENDS TO OCCUR DURING LOW SPEED PARKING LOT TYPE MANEUVERS WHEN THE CUSTOMER IS MAKING A TIGHT TURN. ADDITIONALLY, MODEL YEAR 2003-2008 DODGE RAM 2500/3500 VEHICLES MAY HAVE RECEIVED THE AFFECTED TIE ROD ASSEMBLY AS A REPLACEMENT PART DURING NORMAL SERVICE.

CONSEQUENCE:
THIS CONDITION COULD RESULT IN THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF DIRECTIONAL STABILITY IN THE LEFT HAND FRONT WHEEL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

REMEDY:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE TIE ROD ENDS FOR RELATIVE ORIENTATION AND REPLACE THE LEFT OUTER TIE ROD AS REQUIRED AND PERFORM A FRONT END TOE ALIGNMENT AS NEEDED. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 3, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

NOTES:
CHRYSLER SAFETY RECALL NO. L16. 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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Statement: Tie-Rod Assembly
November 8, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC will conduct three recalls affecting approximately 1.2 million trucks, though as many as 726,000 may not need repair.

The campaigns target an estimated 453,000 vehicles with steering-system tie rods that may have been misaligned during assembly or steering-system service.

Chrysler Group is casting the net wider than necessary to identify those vehicles that require repair. Any found to have suspect tie-rod assemblies will have those components replaced at no cost to customers.

One recall will inspect an estimated 842,400 model-year 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks to find approximately 116,000 repaired with tie-rod assemblies that could become misaligned. This condition could lead to component fracture and steering loss.

Two additional campaigns are being conducted to capture those vehicles known to have tie-rod assemblies linked to previous recalls. They comprise 294,000 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, chassis cabs and 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cabs; plus 43,500 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs.

Chrysler Group is aware of six accidents and two injuries involving model-year 2008-2012 2500 and 3500 trucks and one additional accident with no injuries involving the remaining models.

Affected customers will be notified by mail next month with instructions for making service appointments.

Work could begin as early as January. Customers who own affected 4500 and 5500 models may bring their vehicles to Chrysler Group dealers for interim service because replacement parts may not be available until late 2014.

Interim service would involve component inspections and, if necessary, realignment.

Approximately 968,000 vehicles of the total number affected are in the U.S.; 157,000 are in Canada; 37,100 in Mexico and 18,000 are outside the NAFTA region.

Customers who are concerned may call 1-800-853-1403.

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Report Receipt Date: NOV 06, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V527000
Component(s): STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 36,710
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 RAM 4500 and 5500 trucks manufactured February 20, 2007, through December 22, 2012. The left tie rod assembly may break.

CONSEQUENCE:
A failure of the tie rod assembly may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a new left tie rod assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N63.

NOTES:
This recall supersedes tie rod recall 10V657. Vehicles that were previously remedied under recall 10V657 are also affected by this campaign. 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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      todongriffin
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's tough getting the specs correct when the workers drink and smoke pot on their lunch hours.
      Marty B
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are they replacing the worn out tires also?
      Jared
      • 1 Year Ago
      This can be a serious issue. I doubt it causes death wobble, what it will cause is the ball to break off of the driver's side outer tie rod end. I've seen it happen ( I work in the industry) Dodge has come out with a different steering setup on the redesigned trucks, hopefully this (and other) Dodge steering issues will be eliminated.
      levik
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have had no problems with my 05' ram 1500 4x4 150,000 miles on it and I love it. Had chevies and fords I preffer MOPAR. Treat them right they treat you right. I live at 4008' and have 5ft. of snow and rely on it to get me out and it does.
      MechE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obligatory..... Probably a supplier issue, not Chryslers fault At least its not like when Toyota..... My Ford doesn't have any of these issues This is leftover problems from Diamler choking Chrysler My Ram has been more dependable than any other truck I've owned and I have 5million miles on it At least it doesn't rust or get engine sludge like a Toyota This is why Chrysler is garbage - GM for life Kudos to dodge for being cautious and nipping in the bud this before anyone gets hurt
        mikeinFL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MechE
        Yep. My 8 year old Ram 3500 has been far more reliable than any Ford, or especially GM, I've owned. Great truck. Great engine. Last truck I'll own, as they're all too expensive to afford now. $50k for a new F-150 with EcoBoost? Ugh...
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just another in the long line of fake recalls who's only purpose is to feed the dealers....Musk is right to keep dealers out of the picture as all they do is keep coming up with ploys to sell more crap!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
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        Brian Reichert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        This is not true of every dealer. Some may be crooked in this way, but others still have honest technicians that won't sell you things you don't truly need. This is hardly a fake recall. There have been serious issues with 3/4 ton and up dodge trucks' steering linkage, mainly the tie rod assemblies. Didn't think the recall was recently though, the report date even states 2011
      jz78817
      • 1 Year Ago
      's gonna take a while to clean up the mess Daimler and Cerberus made.
      Clipper44
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Recall Epidemic has gotten out of control. They're talking about tire rods that could be as old as a decade.. on trucks that may have as much as 200k miles. oookay then...
      Tim Yeakel
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see many brand new Jeeps and Dodges with the CHINESE made ball joints and steering linkages literally collapsing under the vehicles. Just another reason to stay away from Chrysler and fix it again Tony engineers.. My 012 Silverado developed trans shift problems at 8K miles on it. had it to the dealer half dozen times before I traded it for an older one broken in.. THE PROBLEMS ARE ALL MADE IN CHINA WITH OUR NEW VEHICLES. ANY QUESTIONS KIDDDIES?
        Clipper44
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tim Yeakel
        No, you haven't seen 'many' brand new Jeep and Dodge ball joints falling apart.
        mark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tim Yeakel
        Support domestic vehicles with made in China components..
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mark
          I'd imagine most vehicles both foreign and domestic have something from China on it. I'm willing to bet in general that you own a lot of consumer goods that has Chinese components somewhere.
        thecommentator2013
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tim Yeakel
        An auto part being of chinese produced origin doesn't make it bad per se. It's Chrysler who decides which parts goes where. Sometimes they try to save some pennies on a ball joint or on a screw. If they're lucky, nothing happens, if not, they'll have to issue a recall which is cheaper than putting in a part that is a few pennies more expensive. Brand awarness? Ah, that's what they've got PR for. Nobody will remember 2 months from now.
      mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought all domestic vehicles suffered from this issue:-)
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mark
        I actually thought all domestic vehicles were free of recalls.
      wilmisale
      • 1 Year Ago
      GO FIAT!
      john h
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mine's got almost 200,000 miles, guess it's gonna be ok.
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