WASHINGTON — Chrysler Group is recalling 256,956 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks because the rear axle may seize and/or the driveshaft may detach, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the affected vehicles, the rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to an undersized spline on the pinion gear," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the pinion nut loosens, the rear axle may seize and/or the driveshaft may detach, resulting in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash."
Chrysler did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
The affected trucks were built from January 28, 2004 to August 3, 2005.
Dodge dealers will install a retention feature to the pinion nut. The recall is expected to begin on February 13. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
Edmunds says: It will be several weeks before this recall begins. It's best to contact your dealer if you have an immediate concern.