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Chrysler recalls light trucks for axle fastener

by Bill Cawthon on


Chrysler Group  is recalling 361,819 vehicles over concerns that a rear axle fastener could fail. This is a supplementmental recall linked to an earlier campaign conducted to upgrade light-truck axles.

The affected models are 2009 Dodge Durangos and Chrysler Aspens, 2009-2011 Dodge Dakotas and 2009-2012 Ram 1500 pickups.

Chrysler has determined that some rear axles were assembled with a fastener that can loosen over time and ultimately fail. Chrysler Group dealers will install a retainer to secure the fastener at no cost to the customer.

Owners of the affected models will be notified if their vehicle is included in the campaign.

The company says it is unaware of any injuries associated with failure of the fastener.

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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