Chrysler Details Recall of 1.2 Million Trucks, Including 2012 Ram 2500


  • 2012 Ram 2500 Picture

    2012 Ram 2500 Picture

    Chrysler is recalling 1.2 million trucks for a steering defect that could cause a loss of steering. | November 12, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler is recalling 1.2 million trucks, including the 2008-'12 Ram 2500 and 3500, for a steering-components defect that could cause a loss of steering, the automaker said.
  • The recall also covers the 2003-'08 Ram 2500 and 3500 and the 2008-'12 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs.
  • Chrysler said it is aware of six accidents and two injuries on Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from model years 2008-'12 and one additional accident with no injuries involving the remaining models.

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Chrysler is recalling 1.2 million trucks, including the 2008-'12 Ram 2500 and 3500, for a defect that could cause a loss of steering, the automaker said.

The recall also covers the 2003-'08 Ram 2500 and 3500 and the 2008-'12 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs.

Most of the trucks being recalled — an estimated 968,000 — are in the U.S.

Chrysler said it is aware of six accidents and two injuries in Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from model years 2008-'12 and one additional accident with no injuries involving the remaining models.

The front-wheel tie rods may have been misaligned during assembly or steering-system service, said Chrysler. The defect could "lead to component fracture and steering loss," the automaker said.

The recall affects three groups of trucks. The largest part of the recall covers an estimated 842,400 2003-'08 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks. Of this group, approximately 116,000 trucks may have defective tie rods.

The recall also includes 294,000 2008-'12 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, chassis cabs and 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cabs, as well as 43,500 2008-'12 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs.

Although owners will be notified about the recall next month, Chrysler said that replacement parts may not be available until late 2014.

Interim service by dealers will involve component inspections and, if necessary, realignment of the steering components. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

As of Tuesday morning, no information about the Chrysler recall had been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Edmunds says: If you own one of the aforementioned vehicles and are noticing a problem, take it into your dealership immediately.

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