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Chrysler issues three recalls

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler Group has filed three separate recalls with federal regulators. The recalls affect about 144,000 vehicles and bring the company’s 2010 recall total to 1.6 million vehicles. Industry-wide, some 19 million vehicles have been recalled in 2010 making it the most active year since 2004.

The largest recall is for 65,180 2009 Dodge Journeys with a potential problem with the door wiring harness. Wires in the harness could break, disabling the side impact sensors and causing a deployment failure of the side airbags. Dealers will replace the wiring harnesses in both doors of affected vehicles. There have been 23 complaints and 341 warranty repairs to date.

A total of 56,611 2011 Ram 1500 pickups built since September 2009 are being recalled because the rear axle bearing could fail, causing a loss of control or a stall. Owners may experience a grinding noise, usually within the first 500 miles and most frequently in the Northeastern U.S. Dealers will replace the fluid in the rear axle.

22,274 2008-2011 Dodge and Ram 4500 and 5500-series trucks are being recalled to address a problem with the a component of the left outer tie rod that could crack or weaken and cause a loss of steering. Dealers will replace the entire left outer tie rod.

No accidents or injuries traceable to the recalls have been reported.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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