Chrysler is recalling 76,112 Dodge Ram trucks for a problem that may result in brake pedals that don't return as quickly as they should. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the issue is specific to 2010 and 2011 model year diesel trucks. Models made between March 2009 and October 2010 may have been built with power steering reservoir caps with "excessive vent pressure levels." Somehow, the faulty power steering cap causes the brake pedals to be slow to return.
We aren't entirely clear on how the power steering cap impacts the braking system, but NHTSA says that the danger isn't that drivers won't be able to stop their trucks – the brakes release when they should. Instead, the vehicle's brake lights will stay illuminated for too long, increasing the likelihood of an accident.
Chrysler says it has received 175 reports of the issue, but it has received no reports of any accidents or injuries stemming from the defect. Chrysler will notify owners of affected trucks that it will inspect and replace the power steering reservoir cap for free as necessary. Hit the jump to see the full NHTSA campaign report.
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[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
DODGE / RAM
Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC
Mfr's Report Date: DEC 07, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V616000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:POWER STEERING FLUID Potential
Number of Units Affected: 76122 Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 DODGE RAM TRUCKS MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 2009 THROUGH OCTOBER 2010. SOME VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH DIESEL ENGINE AND A HYDROBOOST BRAKE SYSTEM MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH A POWER STEERING RESERVOIR CAP WITH EXCESSIVE VENT PRESSURE LEVELS THAT MAY RESULT IN BRAKE PEDALS THAT ARE SLOW TO RETURN.
BRAKE LIGHTS THAT ARE SLOW TO EXTINGUISH COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE POWER STEERING RESERVOIR CAP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
CHRYSLER SAFETY RECALL NO. K33. 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 .