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Chrysler to Recall About 288K Ram Pickup Trucks
Dec 19, 2014

Chrysler is recalling about 288,000 older Ram pickup trucks in North America and elsewhere because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.

The recall covers Ram 1500 pickups from the 2005 model year.


Chrysler says in documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators that the rear-axle pinion nut can come loose. That can cause problems that make the trucks spin out of control.

The recall comes after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that began in June.

The agency found 15 complaints, including seven drivers who reported that the wheels locked at speeds over 50 miles per hour. Chrysler says there have been three crashes and one injury due to the problem.

The recall includes nearly 257,000 trucks in the U.S., another 22,000 in Canada, 8,800 in Mexico and 400 outside North America.

The affected trucks were made from Jan. 28, 2004 to Aug. 3, 2005, according to the documents.

In one complaint to NHTSA in February 2013, a pickup driver wrote that he was on an interstate highway when the drive shaft disconnected and the truck began to spin.

"It was five seconds of terror that I thought would surely end in disaster," the driver wrote. When the truck stopped it was blocking an entrance ramp, and the driver had to drag it to the shoulder in speeding traffic, the complaint said. Drivers who file complaints are not identified in NHTSA's database.

Dealers will install a fix at no cost to owners. The recall will begin in February. Customers can call Chrysler at (800) 853-1403 with questions.
 

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Statement: Rear-Axle Fastener (Model-year 2005)
December 19, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

FCA US LLC is voluntarily recalling an estimated 287,945 older-model trucks globally to install a retainer designed to prevent an axle fastener from loosening.

Certain pickups were assembled with a fastener that may loosen and, if not serviced, could lead to rear-axle lock-up. This condition may contribute to a loss of control. The Company is aware of one injury and three accidents that may be related.

This condition is limited to Dodge Ram 1500 pickups from a single model year – 2005. An estimated 256,956 are in the U.S.; 21,779 are in Canada; 8,802 are in Mexico and 408 are outside the NAFTA region.

Affected customers will be notified and advised when they may schedule service, which will be performed free of charge. Underbody noise may serve as a precursor to the condition. Customers are advised to report any such noise to their dealers.


Customers with additional questions or concerns may call 1-800-853-1403.
 
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