Chrysler is recalling more than a million Dodge Ram trucks because of a problem with the steering system tie-rod assembly. 2003 through 2012 Dodge Ram trucks are affected by the recall. Apparently only 453,000 of the vehicles will actually need some repair, the other 726,000 won't need to be fixed.
Technically, three separate recalls are being issued:
- One covers 842,400 2003 through 2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks, and will require inspection, and the possible replacement of mis-aligned tie-rod assemblies.
- A second covers 294,000 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks and 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cab trucks, and will address the same concern as the first.
- Finally, 43,500 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 Chassis Cabs are being recalled for a similar inspection. Chrysler says that parts for this particular recall may not be available until early next year.
Chrysler will begin notifying owners of the affected vehicles by mail next month. Most of the trucks are in the United States or Canada, but about 55,000 are in Mexico or elsewhere across the globe.