Chrysler Recalls 278,222 Vehicles, Including 2009-'12 Ram 1500


  • 2012 Ram 1500 Picture

    2012 Ram 1500 Picture

    Chrysler is recalling an estimated 278,222 vehicles, including the 2009-'12 Ram 1500 and 2009-'11 Dodge Dakota because the rear axle pinion nut may loosen at the differential. | February 14, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler is recalling an estimated 278,222 vehicles, including the 2009-'12 Ram 1500 and 2009-'11 Dodge Dakota because the rear axle pinion nut may loosen at the differential.
  • Chrysler told federal safety regulators there are approximately 15 reports of accidents and no reports of minor injuries related to the recall.
  • The recall is expected to begin in March.

WASHINGTON — Chrysler is recalling an estimated 278,222 vehicles, including the 2009-'12 Ram 1500 and 2009-'11 Dodge Dakota because the rear axle pinion nut may loosen at the differential and cause a loss of vehicle control, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall also includes the 2009 Chrysler Aspen and 2009 Dodge Durango.

"The rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to an omission of an adhesive patch," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "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."

Chrysler told federal safety regulators there are approximately 15 reports of accidents and no reports of minor injuries related to the recall.

This is an extension of an earlier recall of Chrysler vehicles for the same issue.

Dealers will install a pinion nut retainer. The recall is expected to begin in March. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

Edmunds says: There is a bit of a delay here as parts get distributed, but consumers with these vehicles should address the problem as soon as possible.

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