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Chrysler recalling Dodge and Ram pickups

by Bill Cawthon on

The potential recall we reported in April is now official.

Chrysler is recalling 242,780 2003-2011 Dodge and Ram pickups worldwide because a fracture of the left tie rod ball stud could occur. This could potentially cause a loss of directional stability. There have been what a Chrysler spokesman calls “a few minor accidents and one minor injury.”

Included in the recall are 2008-2011 Dodge and Ram 2500/3500 4×4, 2008-2011 Dodge and Ram 3500 Cab Chassis 4×2 and the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4×4. In addition, it covers 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 trucks that may have had the affected tie rod assembly installed as a replacement part.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fractures seem to occur during low speed maneuvers, such as while in a parking lot, when the vehicle operator makes a tight turn.

Dodge dealers will inspect the tie rod ends, replace the left outer tie rod if required and perform a front end toe alignment as needed.

Chrysler has not yet provided a recall schedule to the NHTSA. However, owners of vehicles that might be in the recall can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

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, 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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