If you’re one of nearly 250,000 Ram truck owners, your truck may be going in for service sooner than you think. Chrysler is recalling 242,780 Ram trucks for a steering fix. “The left tie rod ball stud may fracture,” reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “This condition tends to occur during low speed parking lot type maneuvers when the customer is making a tight turn.” If the steering system fails, affected Rams may experience a loss of directional stability, which increases the risk of a crash.
The recall affects Ram trucks that received the part at the factory, as well as some that may have received it during service. The Detroit News says, “The new recall covers 168,458 2008-11 Ram 2500, 3500, 3500 4x4 and 3500 Cab Chassis 4x2 models, along with the 2008 Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4x4 and 74,322 2003-08 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 vehicles that received the part in service.”
Chrysler has not yet announced when it will notify owners of affected trucks, but when it does, dealers will repair the vehicle free of charge. Concerned owners can call NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236 or visit www.safecar.gov.
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