In three recalls on Nov. 8 that could affect drivers in Texas, Chrysler reported that about 1.2 million Ram pickup trucks could have steering issues. However, the corporation thinks they have overestimated the problem and believes that about 453,000 trucks will need to be fixed. The company further indicated that they were aware of six accidents and two injuries as well as another wreck with no injuries.
The specific problem is related to the possible incorrect installation of the tie-rod ends in the steering system, which could be misaligned and cause the steering to malfunction. Technicians could have misunderstood the directions on how to put in the tie-rods. Chrysler reworded the directions for clarification.
– Article By Richard Weaver
The first recall involves more than 842,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 manufactured between 2003 and 2008. The company reported that 116,000 could be affected by the tie-rod issue. The other two recalls affect tie-rod assemblies that should have been previously repaired. These affect 294,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups between 2008 and 2012 along with 2008 Ram 1500 four-by-four mega cabs. An additional 43,000 Ram 4500 and 5500 four-by four chassis cabs between 2008 and 2012 were affected. While a large percentage of these trucks are in the U.S., some of the trucks are in Canada and Mexico; a small percentage are in various other nations.
Affected owners should receive letters about the recalls in December; the manufacturer could start work in January. Some owners might need to have interim repairs done on their trucks due to the lack of availability of parts.
If a person is in a truck or car accident due to a defective product, that person could decide to pursue legal action against the manufacturer. A personal injury lawyer might help a client file a lawsuit to pursue compensation.
Source: USA Today, “Chrysler recalls 1.2 million Ram pickups“, November 09, 2013