Chrysler recalls 242,780 pickup trucks

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 13, 2011 8:23 AM

DETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat SpA's Chrysler Group LLC will recall about 243,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks because of potential problems with tie rod assemblies that may increase the risk of a crash, the automaker and U.S. safety regulators said.

To be recalled are 2008-2011 Ram 2500 and 3500 4x4 models, 2008-2011 Ram 3500 Cab Chassis 4x2 models, 2008 Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4x4 models, and 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 models, according to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The vehicles "may experience a fracture of the left tie rod stud," Chrysler told the NHTSA. "This condition tends to occur during low speed parking lot type maneuvers when the (driver) is making a left turn."

This may result in the "loss of directional stability" in the left front wheel, increasing the risk of a crash, Chrysler said.

Chrysler said that the risk is highest when making a sharp, 90-degree turn.

The filing made no mention of injuries or crashes linked to the problem.

Chrysler has not yet determined when customers will get letters alerting them to the recall.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)