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Dodge 1500 Recall Information


NEWS: Chrysler recalls 800,000 SUVs for ignition problems
Detroit News  @ July 23, 2014

JULY 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC is recalling nearly 800,000 older Jeep SUVs for ignition switch problems, and is urging owners to only use the ignition key as the automaker works to find a fix.

The company said the recall covers some 2006-07 Jeep Commander and 2005-07 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs, and said its engineers are seeking a remedy. “Chrysler is committing now to conduct a recall out of an abundance of caution,” the company said.

Chrysler advised owners to make sure there is enough clearance between their knees and the keys so that the key doesn’t get bumped and accidentally turn off the engine. As a further precaution, owners are advised to remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key.

The problem is similar to the issue that has rocked cross-town rival General Motors Co. after it failed to promptly recall 2.6 million cars linked to at least 13 deaths when air bags failed to deploy after vehicles stalled. GM has recalled more than 12 million other vehicles for other ignition problems.

Chrysler said it is unaware of any related injuries. The automaker reported it knows of one accident and at least 32 complaints involving less than a tiny fraction of the recalled vehicles — 0.015 percent.

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Chrysler has now recalled about 1.7 million vehicles for ignition switch problems since 2011. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration still is investigating whether Chrysler’s fix is adequate in most of the recalled vehicles.

In June, NHTSA announced it was opening investigations into 1.2 million Chrysler vehicles because of reports that a driver’s knee can move the ignition switch out of the “run” position, causing the vehicles to stall and disabling the air bags. That included 525,000 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees in the United States after 32 complaints allege the driver’s knee can contact the key fob or key chain and cause the ignition to be turned off.

The Auburn Hills unit of Fiat Chrysler SpA said its preliminary investigation suggests an outside force, usually attributed to contact with the driver’s knee, may move ignition keys from the “on” position. Chrysler said the problem may cause the engine to stall, reducing braking power and making steering more difficult. Safety features such as front air bags may also be disabled.

Chrysler said it will alert owners by mid-September when they may schedule service.

Chrysler said the recall will cover 649,900 vehicles in the U.S.; 28,800 in Canada; 12,800 in Mexico and 100,800 outside of the NAFTA region. The Commander is no longer in production and the Grand Cherokee has since been completely redesigned; newer models are not subject to the recall.

In an interview last week, acting NHTSA Administrator David Friedman said the agency is looking more broadly at the issue of whether other automakers have ignition issues.

“This whole GM Cobalt recall brought to light a whole set of new information about interactions between ignition switches and air bags. We quickly jumped on that new information ... We’re still in that process.”

Despite the new recalls Chrysler is still behind last year’s pace. Chrysler has recalled more than 2.8 million vehicles in 20 campaigns this year compared with 3.5 million in 31 campaigns in the same period last year.

Last month, Chrysler said it would recall nearly 696,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide under government pressure because ignition keys could rotate out of the “on” position, potentially causing stalling and the air bag not to deploy in a front-end crash.

Last month, Chrysler said it will expand a 2011 recall to cover the 2009 Dodge Journey and 2008-09 Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country “for inadvertent ignition key rotation from the run position to the accessory position.”

Chrysler said it had about 30 customer complaints and 465 warranty claims alleging inadvertent engine shut-off while driving — and reports of two rear-end collisions arising from the condition. There are no reports of deaths or injuries from air bags failing to deploy in crashes linked to the defect.

Chrysler disclosed that on June 17, NHTSA asked the automaker in a phone call to recall the 2008-09 vehicles. But the automaker is standing by its recall remedy — adding a detent ring to the switch to make it stiffer, instead of replacing the entire part — even though NHTSA has concerns it may not work.

The Commander and Grand Cherokee have a different ignition switch — an instrument panel mounted switch — compared to column ignition switches in the minivans.

Separately Tuesday, Chrysler Group said it will recall an estimated 21,000 vehicles to inspect and, if necessary, replace the shocks or struts. Chrysler said some vehicles may have been assembled using a shipment of shocks and struts that do not meet Chrysler standards.

That recall covers some 2014 Ram 1500 pickups, 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs and 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans assembled within a 16-day period ending June 6 of 2014. An estimated 14,300 vehicles are in the U.S.; 5,300 in Canada; 160 in Mexico and 2,000 outside North America.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 trucks; TRANSMISSION
Report Receipt Date: APR 01, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V161000 
Component(s): TRANSMISSION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 125 

APRIL 2014 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ram 1500 4x4 vehicles manufactured January 24, 2014, through February 5, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the transmission case may have been improperly machined which can result in the park pawl not properly engaging when the transmission is in the 'Park' position. If the park pawl does not properly engage, the vehicle may rollaway, increasing the risk of a crash and occupant or pedestrian injuries. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the transmission, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Chrysler's number for this recall is P13. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Chrysler 300 AWD, Dodge Charger AWD, and Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 vehicles; POWER TRAIN
Report Receipt Date: DEC 06, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V610000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,194 

DECEMBER 2013 - Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chrysler 300 AWD, Dodge Charger AWD, and Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 vehicles equipped with ZF all wheel drive ("AWD") 8HP45 transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission output shaft may fracture. The transmission output shaft fracture could result in a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park'. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the transmissions, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is to begin in January 2014. Chrysler's recall number is N65. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2003-2008 Dodge RAM 2500 4x4 and 3500 4x4, 2007-2008 Dodge RAM 3500 4x2 Cab Chassis and 2006-2008 Dodge RAM 1500 Mega Cab 4x4 trucks
Report Receipt Date: NOV 06, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V528000 
Component(s): STEERING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 707,176 

NOVEMBER 2013 - Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2003-2008 Dodge RAM 2500 4x4 and 3500 4x4, model year 2007-2008 Dodge RAM 3500 4x2 Cab Chassis and model year 2006-2008 Dodge RAM 1500 Mega Cab 4x4 trucks manufactured February 12, 2002, through February 13, 2008. The left tie rod assembly may break. A failure of the tie rod assembly may result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the steering linkage and install a new left tie rod assembly, as needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N62. This recall supersedes Chrysler tie rod recall 11V350. Vehicles that were previously remedied under recall 11V350 are also affected by this campaign. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling about 1.2 million Ram trucks to fix front-end problems that could lead to steering troubles
Detroit Free Press @ November 9, 2013

NOVEMBER 2013 - Chrysler is recalling about 1.2 million Ram trucks to fix front-end problems that could lead to steering troubles.

The company announced three recalls on Friday. It wants to inspect the trucks and says only 453,000 will likely need repairs.

Chrysler said Friday in a statement that it knows of six crashes and two injuries involving the 2008 to 2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks that are being recalled, and one crash with no injuries from the other recalled models.

The trucks are being recalled because tie-rod ends in the steering system may have been installed improperly, which Chrysler says stemmed from technicians misinterpreting instructions. Those tie-rods could be out of alignment, which Chrysler says can lead to steering failures.

The company has since updated the instructions and the parts involved.

The first case covers 842,400 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from 2003 through 2008. Chrysler says 116,000 were repaired with tie-rods in the steering system that could be out of alignment.

The other two involve trucks with tie-rod assemblies that were replaced in previous recalls. They cover 294,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from the 2008 through 2012 model years, and 2008 Ram 1500 four-by-four mega cabs. Also included are 43,000 Ram 4500 and 5500 four-by-four chassis cabs from 2008 through 2012.

Customers will be notified by letter in December, and work could begin in January, the company said. Owners of Ram 4500 and 5500 models can take their trucks to dealers for interim repairs because parts may not be available until late next year, the statement said. The interim service would involve realignment of the front ends.

Chrysler said about 968,000 of the affected trucks are in the U.S., with another 157,000 in Canada, 37,100 in Mexico and 18,000 from other countries.

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NEWS: Chrysler recalls 10,800 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups; Instrument Lighting & Software
Yahoo News @ October 1, 2013

OCTOBER 2013 - Chrysler said Tuesday it was recalling 10,800 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups to upgrade software that controls instrument illumination. It said most of the trucks were still at dealerships.

The automaker said it was unaware of any associated accidents or injuries with any of the problems, and will update the software free of charge.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and RAM C/V Tradesman vehicles
Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V287000 
Component(s): ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 45,961 

JUNE 2013 - Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 1500 4x4 trucks manufactured June 26, 2012, through February 5, 2013. Due to a software issue with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) module, the ESC system may be disabled when the vehicle is started. A disabled ESC system may result in loss of directional control, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the ESC module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N37. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrylser recalls 840,000 vehicles, mostly in U.S.
Yahoo News  @ July 3, 2013

JULY 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC said on Wednesday it will recall 840,000 vehicles in the United States and other countries, mostly for active-restraint head rests that are possibly flawed. Five separate recalls include nearly 500,000 cars and SUVs for the active-restaint head rest issue, and another 282,000 minivans for possible malfunctioning air bags, Chrysler said. While Chrysler has improved its scores on third-party quality assessments such as Consumer Reports in recent years, it has issued 12 separate recalls since early June involving about 4 million vehicles.

This figure includes 2.7 million older Jeep models Chrysler recalled after initially resisting U.S. regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Most of the affected vehicles are in the United States. Included in the recalls announced on Wednesday are about 490,000 cars and SUVs that have potentially faulty micro computer components for head rests that are designed to move forward during rear-end crashes.This recall affects 2011-2013 Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger and Jeep Liberty vehicles, as well as 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs.

Chrysler will fix the vehicles by upgrading a power module or the "occupant restraint control module," the automaker said in papers filed with NHTSA. The recall affects 442,000 vehicles in the United States, 25,000 in Canada, 10,000 in Mexico and 12,000 outside North America.

Some 282,000 model year 2013 minivans in the United States, Canada, Mexico and outside North America are to be recalled because a side air bag software component was not programmed properly, which could affect proper deployment, Chrysler said. Of these, 224,250 are in the United States and 49,30 in Canada.Affected models are 2013 Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country and Ram Cargo Van.

In another recall announced on Wednesday, Chrysler said 69,000 of its 2013 Ram 1500 pickup trucks with all-wheel drive may have an electronic stability control software glitch. Chrysler said it has received a "small amount" of reports from dealers that the electronic stability control lamp was illuminated, indicating that the system was disabled. There have been no reported accidents or injuries related to this issue, Chrysler said. In the Ram 1500 recall, about 46,000 vehicles are in the United States, 21,000 in Canada, 1,400 in Mexico and 770 outside North America. Two smaller recalls announced Wednesday affect 1,060 commercial vans and 226 minivans not yet in dealer hands for issues that have not led to any accidents or injuries, Chrysler said.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks
Report Receipt Date: JUN 04, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V237000 
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 30,197 

JUNE 2013 - Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks manufactured September 9, 2012, through March 5, 2013 and equipped with optional premium tail lamps. In the affected vehicles, the turn signal indicator may not flash at a double rate to give a notification to the driver of a turn signal malfunction. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." Without a warning that the turn signal is malfunctioning, the driver would continue to use the vehicle, unaware that other drivers on the road are not being notified that the vehicle is turning, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Central Body Controller software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N35. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles
Report Receipt Date: MAY 07, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V177000 
Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 498 

APRIL 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 1500 trucks manufactured manufactured June 25, 2012, through December 12, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the coolant bypass valve may stick in a position that does not allow coolant to flow into the heater core. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Vehicle Motor Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 103, "Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems." Without a properly working windshield defrosting system, a buildup of mositure or ice could limit the driver's ability to see, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace replace the suspect coolant valves along with an updated calibration, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N25. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles
Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V128000 
Component(s): PARKING BRAKE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,574 

APRIL 2013 -- Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles manufactured December 17, 2012, through January 22, 2013. The parking brake cable equalizer was set incorrectly and may not hold the vehicle on a 20% grade. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the parking brake performance requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems." If the parking brake fails to operate as designed, the vehicle could roll when parked, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will reset the parking brake cable equalizer if required, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 12, 2013. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N22. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Chrysler is recalling certain Dodge Ram 1500, Chrysler Aspen, Dodge Durango, Dodge Dakota
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V038000   @  www.Safercar.Gov

FEBRUARY 2013 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Ram 1500 trucks manufactured from February 27, 2008, through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009, through October 20, 2011; model year 2009-2011 Dodge Dakota trucks manufactured from February 27, 2007, through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009, through September 30, 2011; model year 2009 Chrysler Aspen trucks manufactured from January 3, 2008, through December 18, 2008; and model year 2009 Dodge Durango trucks manufactured from January 3, 2008, through December 18, 2008. The rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to an undersized pinion spline that can allow relative motion between the nut and companion flange. If the rear axle pinion nut loosens, the axle can lock up and cause a loss of vehicle control and/or a vehicle crash with little warning. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a pinion nut retainer, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during March 2013. This campaign is an expansion of a recall campaign 12V-474. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N08. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov 13V038000 

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NEWS:  Chrysler recalls over 44,000 trucks in U.S. 
YAHOO NEWS -- October 9, 2012

OCTOBER 2012 --  Chrysler Group LLC is recalling more than 44,000 pickup trucks in the United States because a rear-axle pinion nut could loosen and cause loss of vehicle control.

Chrysler, which is controlled by Fiat SpA, is recalling 44,300 Dodge Dakota and Dodge Ram 1500 pickups from model years 2009 and 2010 as a rear-axle nut may loosen due to lack of adhesive, according to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Should the nut loosen, the axle could lock up and cause loss of control or a crash with little warning, the documents said.

NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation into the issue in July, according to the documents. There have been 17 field reports alleging axle failure due to pinion nut loosening, the documents said.

The recall is expected to begin in November. Chrysler will notify owners and supply a nut retainer at no cost.

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NEWS:  Chrysler solves Dodge Ram 1500 issue, Contol Arm Bushings 
DETROIT NEWS -- August 27, 2012

AUGUST 2012 -- Bad control arm bushings shuttered production in Warren

A batch of bad control arm bushings forced Chrysler Group LLC to suspend production of its Ram 1500 pickup at its Warren Truck Assembly Plant last week, but the company says the problem has been resolved.

"We had an issue with an external supplier," said Chrysler spokeswoman , though she declined to identify the supplier.

Workers said the problem was with the upper control arm bushing used on four-wheel-drive models. They said it was discovered by drivers at the plant.

A faulty control arm can affect the wheel alignment of a vehicle.

One worker told The Detroit News that as many as 3,000 pickups were sitting on company lots and would have to be repaired. That worker said they had been told they might have to work Labor Day weekend.

Chrysler spokeswoman wouldn't say how many trucks need to be repaired and said no decision had yet been made about the holiday.  "We can confirm that we were able to contain all affected vehicles before they left (the) plantand are working to verify the quality of each vehicle beforeit isshipped," Chrysler spokeswoman said.

Work on the 2012 Ram 1500 was supposed to end this month.

Chrysler spokeswoman said she had no reason to believe the problem with the bushings would delay the changeover to the revamped 2013 model.  But workers at the plant say that they are putting in 10-hour shifts to keep up with existing orders.

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NEWS:  NHTSA investigates Jeep Grand Cherokees, Dodge Ram 1500s 
DETROIT  NEWS -- August 2, 2012

AUGUST 2012 -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening investigations into more than 335,000 Chrysler vehicles, including reports of fires in Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

In documents posted Monday on its website, the agency said it has launched preliminary probes into 106,803 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokees because leaking power steering fluid hoses may have caused fires, and 230,000 2009-10 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups because of a failure in the differential that can cause the rear wheels to lock up.

NHTSA said it has reports of two fires in Jeep Grand Cherokees since May, and a third report of leaking power steering fluid that led to loss of power steering.

A Jeep Grand Cherokee with 35 miles on the odometer was consumed by a blaze June 13.

"While driving approximately 50 mph, the (owner) glanced into the rearview mirror and noticed smoke outside of the vehicle. Immediately the vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road," NHTSA's summary of the incident said. After the driver exited, "massive flames erupted from under the hood."

The fires may be the result of faulty power steering hoses that allow fluid to leak onto hot engine components, NHTSA said. In one fire, an owner said he saw fluid leaking in his driveway before the Jeep caught fire.

The safety agency has made vehicle fires a top priority. Last week, Ford Motor Co. took the unusual step of urging the owners of 4,800 2013 new Escape SUVs to immediately stop driving because of the risk of fires stemming from fuel leaks.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 287,000 vehicle fires annually from 2003-2007. These fires caused about 480 civilian deaths, 1,525 injuries and $1.3 billion in direct property damage annually.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee had its best June sales month in the U.S. last month since 2005. Sales were up 38 percent in the first half of 2012 to 75,117. It's Chrysler's second-best selling vehicle in the U.S., behind the Ram pickup. Ram sales are up 24 percent in the first half of the year to 138,581.

Separately, NHTSA said it is opening a second investigation into the 2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup after it received 12 complaints of rear wheels that locked up because of a failure of the differential.

Eight drivers said they were traveling at 35 mph or greater. Four complaints involving higher speed incidents say the failure resulted in a loss of control — spinning or skidding — and one truck hit a concrete barrier.

NHTSA typically takes six months to a year before deciding whether to upgrade a preliminary investigation into an engineering analysis — a necessary step before it can ask an automaker to recall vehicles it deems unsafe. Not all investigations end in recalls; automakers often recall vehicles before an investigation is completed if they discover a problem.

Chrysler spokesman ..said the Auburn Hills automaker is working with the government.

"Chrysler Group takes seriously every customer complaint and is cooperating fully with NHTSA," Chrysler spokesman said.

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NEWS:  Report: The 7 Most Dangerous Cars on American Roads 
Low scores in rollover and rear-impact in crash testing land these vehicles on the list of most treacherous rides
MSN/Autos.com -- July 10, 2012

JULY 2012 -- Two crossovers, two SUVs, two pickups and the Jeep Wrangler are among the vehicles deemed the most dangerous in America by the business blog 24/7 Wall Street. The website analyzed safety data compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Consumer Reports, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and J.D. Power.

"The cars with the worst scores most commonly received poor grades in the rollover and rear-impact tests," writes .. 24/7 Wall Street. Those include the Ram 1500, Mazda CX-7 and CX-9, Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab, Suzuki SX4, Nissan Pathfinder and Jeep Wrangler.

Each of these vehicles received poor or marginal ratings by the IIHS in two of the four categories it uses for crash-test evaluation. The four categories are: a head-on crash traveling at 40 mph; a side-impact crash with a 3,300-pound object hitting the vehicle at 31 mph; a rollover test in which a metal plate strikes the corner of the vehicle until it rolls over; and a rear-impact test, which gauges seat and seat belt protection against whiplash. Additionally, five of the seven most dangerous vehicles were low scorers in the J.D. Power overall Initial Quality Study, scoring three or fewer points out of five.

The IIHS's side-impact test results for the Colorado Crew Cab were particularly grim; the vehicle has received a poor rating in this category each year since 2004. The Jeep Wrangler, too, ranked poor for side impact from 2007 to 2012 and ranked marginal, the second-lowest rating, from 1997 to 2006.

As 24/7 Wall Street notes, poor safety ratings don't necessarily translate to poor sales. All seven of the most treacherous models experienced increased sales in the past year. Writes Wall Street Journal, "In all but one case ... sales grew at least 19% last year."

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NEWS:  Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks

MAY 2012 --   Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2012 Ram 1500 trucks, manufactured from January 5, 2012 through January 6, 2012. The affected vehicles have a spare tire that does not match the specifications listed on the tire placard. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 110, “tire selection and rims.” If installed, the incorrectly sized spare tire may unexpectedly activate the electronic stability control (esc) system, altering the effectiveness of the esc system, increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair vehicles as neccessary free of charge. The recall will begin in May 2012. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is m14. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov 12V-192

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JULY 2011 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4X4, manufactured from February 14, 2008, through March 28, 2011; model year 2008-2011 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis 4X2, manufactured from February 14, 2008, through March 28, 2011; and model year 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4X4, manufactured from February 14, 2008, through August 15, 2008, because the left tie rod ball stud may fracture. This condition tends to occur during low speed parking lot type maneuvers when the customer is making a tight turn. Additionally, model year 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 vehicles may have received the affected tie rod assembly as a replacement part, during normal service. This condition could result in the potential loss of directional stability in the left hand front wheel, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the tie rod ends for relative orientation and replace the left outer tie rod as required, and perform a front-end toe alignment as needed. This service will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule.   11V-350


NEWS:   Chrysler recalls 286,000 pickup trucks to fix steering

YAHOO NEWS -- July 17,  2011 – Chrysler Group LLC will recall about 286,000 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 on Wednesday.

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.

About 243,000 of the recalled trucks are in the United States. Of those, about 74,000 have already received service on the tie rod assembly, the NHTSA filing said.

Chrysler recalls 286,000 pickup trucks

Also, about 35,000 pickups in Canada will be recalled as well as some 2,750 in Mexico and 5,700 in other countries.

A Chrysler spokesman said there have been a few crashes and at least one minor injury as a result of the issue.

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

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

Chrysler is part-owned and managed by Fiat SpA.

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NEWS:   Chrysler recalling trucks and SUVs

YAHOO NEWS -- December 31,  2010 –  Chrysler recalled nearly 150,000 trucks and SUVs on Thursday to address problems including steering, air bag issues and the potential for trucks to stall.

Chrysler Group LLC is conducting three separate recalls to fix the problems, which were posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.

The first recall covers about 22,000 Dodge Ram trucks from the 2008-2011 model years to address steering problems. Chrysler said it had received 86 complaints over three years but was not aware of any crashes or injuries connected to the issue.

The second involves about 65,000 2009 model year Dodge Journey SUVs to fix side air bags that might not deploy. Wires within the front door could break and interrupt the circuits for the side impact sensors, causing the air bag warning light to go off and potentially preventing the air bag from deploying in a crash, the car manufacturer told the government.

Chrysler said it has received 23 complaints from customers about the air bag lamp. There have been no reports of crashes, fires or injuries.

The last recall includes about 57,000 Ram 1500 trucks from the 2011 model year to fix components in rear axles that could cause the trucks to stall. Chrysler said it has received 20 reports of axle bearing noise or failure, most coming within 500 miles of driving. It has not received any reports of crashes or injuries.

The recalls are expected to begin in February. Chrysler said owners can call (800) 853-1403 for more information.

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NEWS:   Chrysler recalling 76K Dodge Ram trucks

YAHOO NEWS -- December 14,  2010 –  Chrysler is recalling about 76,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks to fix a power steering issue that could lead to brake pedals that are slow to return after the driver applies them.

The recall affects certain 2010-2011 model year Dodge Ram trucks built from March 2009 through October 2010.

Chrysler said some trucks with diesel engines and a hydroboost brake system could be equipped with a power steering reservoir cap with excessive vent pressure levels.

The excessive levels could lead to brake pedals that are slow to return and make the brake lights remain on, potentially causing a crash.

Chrysler said it will notify owners and dealers will replace the steering reservoir cap free of charge.

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DECEMBER 2010 - Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Dodge Ram trucks manufactured from March 2009 through October 2010. Some vehicles equipped with diesel engine and a hydroboost brake system may be equipped with a power steering reservoir cap with excessive vent pressure levels that may result in brake pedals that are slow to return. Brake lights that are slow to extinguish could increase the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will replace the power steering reservoir cap free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during February 2011. 10V-616

DECEMBER 2010 - Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2011 Ram 1500 trucks manufactured from September 2009 through December 2010. Some vehicles may have experience a noise (growl, grind) coming from the rear axle bearing which could eventually seize. A failure of the bearing could cause the vehicle to stall increasing the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners and repair as necessary free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during February 2011. 10V-656

DECEMBER 2010 - Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 vehicles. These vehicles may experience a weakening and fracture of the left ball stud on the tie rod resulting in the potential loss of steering. Loss of steering control of the vehicle could increase the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners and replace the left outer tie rod free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during February 2011. 10V-657

OCTOBER 2010 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2010 Chrysler Sebring, 300, Charger (LX) and Dodge Challenger (LC), Avenger (JS), and Journey (JC), as well as model year 2011 Dodge Ram light duty pickup (DS) vehicles. Some of these vehicles may experience a separation at the crimped end of the power steering pressure hose assembly. Leaked power steering fluid onto hot engine components could cause a fire. Dealers will inspect and replace as necessary the power steering pressure hoses free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2010.   Chrysler's recall campaign number is K26. 10V-475

OCTOBER 2010 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2010 Dodge Ram D2, DJ, and DS-Body vehicles for failing to comply with the requirements of Part 567, "Certification." Some vehicles have been built with certification and/or supplemental tire pressure information labels printed with incorrect weight or seating capacity information. The misinformation on these labels could lead to, among other things, failure to follow proper vehicle loading specifications that could increase the risk of a crash. Owners will be provided with replacement certification and/or supplemental tire pressure information labels. At the customer's option, they may take their vehicle to a Chrysler dealer for installation. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2010. Chrysler's campaign number is K27. 10V-474


NEWS:   Safety problems prompt Chrysler recall

YAHOO NEWS -- November 11,  2010 –  Chrysler is recalling a total of 26,000 vehicles to fix problems that could pose safety risks.

Chrysler's recall affects about 26,000 cars and pickup trucks that have power steering hoses that can develop leaks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website that steering fluid hoses can separate at the crimped end and leak fluid on the engine, potentially causing a fire.

Company spokesman ... said Wednesday that Chrysler is not aware of any fires or injuries because of the problem, which was discovered by the company that supplies the hose to Chrysler.

The recall affects some 2010 models of the Chrysler 300 and Sebring, the Dodge Avenger, Charger, Challenger and Journey, and some 2011 Dodge Ram pickups.

Only vehicles built between June 24 and Aug. 30 are affected by the recall, and others do not have the problem, Company spokesman said. Chrysler will notify all owners of the affected cars and trucks sometime in October, he said.

"We know which vehicles. We'll send letters to owners letting them know that this is a voluntary safety recall and to bring them in and it'll be replaced at no cost," Company spokesman said.

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NEWS:    Chrysler to recall 26,000 vehicles for fluid leak

YAHOO NEWS -- October 20,  2010 –  Chrysler is recalling about 26,000 cars and pickup trucks because power steering fluid can leak onto a hot engine and cause a fire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that the recall includes some 2010 models of the Chrysler 300 and Sebring, the Dodge Avenger, Challenger and Journey, and some 2011 Dodge Ram pickups.

NHTSA said Wednesday that a power steering hose assembly can separate at the crimped end and leak fluid onto the engine. Dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the hoses for free.

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JULY 2010 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2010 left hand drive Jeep Liberty, Dodge Nitro and Ram 1500 truck; right and left hand drive Jeep Wrangler vehicles. These vehicles may have been built with an improperly formed master cylinder to hydraulic control unit (HCU) brake tube assembly end flare. This could lead to loss of brake fluid and reduced braking performance increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the brake tubes free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during August 2010.  10V-315


NEWS:   Chrysler recalling Dodge, Jeep SUVs

YAHOO NEWS -- July 9, 2010 – The government says Chrysler is recalling about 22,000 sport utility vehicles and trucks to fix brake tubes that could lead to the loss of brake fluid.

Chrysler says its recall affects certain 2010 Dodge Nitro, Dodge Ram, Jeep Liberty and Jeep Wranglers that could have defective brake tubes. The problem could lead to the loss of brake fluid, making it difficult to brake and posing the threat of a crash.

Chrysler says owners should be notified in August.

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MAY  2010 -- Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2010 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Charger, Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram vehicles. These vehicles may have been built with a wireless ignition node (WIN) module exhibiting a binding condition of the solenoid latch. The result of the defect could lead to a condition where the key may be removed from the ignition switch (WIN module) prior to placing the shifter in park. This could result in the potential for unintended vehicle movement and could increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the WIN module free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2010.  Chrysler's recall campaign number is K08. 10V-200


NEWS:  2010 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Models Recalled

ConsumerAffairs.com -- May 17, 2010  --  Chrysler Group LLC is recalling about 40,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models from the 2010 year. The vehicles may have a defective ignition switch that would allow the key to be removed prior to placing the shifter in the "park" position. This could lead to unintended vehicle movement.

The affected models are:

Dealers will inspect the ignition module and replace defective units free of charge when the recall begins in July 2010.


JANUARY 2010 - Chrysler is recalling model year 2010 Chrysler Sebring; Dodge Avenger and Nitro; Jeep Liberty, Commander and Grand Cherokee; and model year 2009-2010 Dodge Ram truck. These vehicles may have been built with an improperly formed or missing brake booster input rod retaining clip. This could result in brake failure without warning which could cause a crash. Chrysler will replace the brake booster input rod retaining clip free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during February 2010. Chrysler's safety campaign number is J37.  10V-009

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NEWS:  Chrysler to recall 24,177 vehicles on brake issue

(Yahoo News) –-Jan 19, 2010 -- Chrysler Group LLC will recall 24,177 vehicles due to a potential defect in a brake system that could result in sudden brake failure, the automaker said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall applies to 2010 model-year Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger and Nitro, and Jeep Liberty, Commander and Grand Cherokee SUVs, as well as 2009-2010 model year Dodge Ram trucks.

In some of the vehicles, the clip retention tab on the brake pedal pin was improperly formed, or not installed, during the manufacturing process, Chrysler said. That could result in brake failure without warning and could cause a crash, the company said. Chrysler said it was unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue. Chrysler said the safety recall is expected to begin during the month of January.

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MAY 2009 --  Chrysler is recalling 37,407 MY 2009 Dodge Ram light duty pickup trucks equipped with manual temperature control (MTC) only. The software programmed into the heating ventilation and air conditioning module may cause the windshield defrosting and defogging functions to become inoperative. This can decrease the driver's visibility under certain driving conditions and result in a crash without warning. Dealers will reprogram the HVAC module free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during June 2009. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-835-1403. 09V-158

MARCH 2009 --  Chrysler is recalling 72,136 MY 2008-2009 light and heavy duty Dodge Ram pickup trucks. The windshield wiper module motor assembly may be susceptible to water intrusion that could result in partial or complete loss of windshield wiping capability. When the wiper system fails, the operator will have reduced visibility which could result in a crash. Dealers will replace the wiper module assemblies with vented wiper motor housings free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owner may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403   09V-084


NEWS:    Dodge Ram pickups recalled for fire danger

Chrysler LLC is recalling 108,429 Dodge Ram pickup trucks to fix a flaw in an engine-compartment pad that can cause a fire. The recall affects Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups with a 6.7-liter diesel engine from model years 2007 and 2008, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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DECEMBER 2007 -- Chrysler is recalling 576,418 MY 2001-2002 Dakota, Durango, Ram van and MY 2002 Ram pick-up trucks equipped with automatic transmissions. The ignition/park shift interlock system may become inoperative. This can allow the shifter to be moved out of the "park" position with the ignition key removed (or in the "lock" position). This can also allow the ignition key to be removed when the shifter has not been placed in the "park" position. Either of these conditions could allow the vehicle to roll away causing a crash without warning. Dealers will replace the gearshift blocker and bracket assembly. The recall is expected to begin during January 2008. 07V-555

AUGUST 2007 - DaimlerChrysler is recalling 1,498 MY 2007 2-wheel drive Dodge Ram pickup trucks equipped with manual transmissions. The front driveshaft yoke may break under certain driving conditions. This could result in a loss of vehicle control and cause a crash without warning. Dealers will replace the driveshaft. The recall is expected to begin during October 2007. 07V-413


NEWS:     Dodge Trucks Recalled

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dec 7, 2007 - Chrysler LLC said Friday it is recalling nearly 600,000 Dodge trucks and vans to address concerns that the vehicles could shift out of park without the key in the ignition.

The recall affects 576,417 2001-2002 Dodge Dakota trucks, Dodge Durango sport utility vehicles and Dodge Ram vans and the 2002 Dodge Ram pickup. In some cases, long-term wear on the gearshift assembly could erode the height of the shift blocker, creating the potential for the vehicle to shift out of park.

Chrysler spokesman Max Gates said there have been nine incidents involving injuries connected to the issue. No fatalities have been reported, he said in an e-mail.

Owners will be notified beginning in January 2008 and dealers will replace the gearshift blocker and bracket assembly.

In the interim, vehicle owners are advised to use the parking brake at all times when the vehicle is not in use, Gates said.


NEWS:    Chrysler Recalls Dodge Ram Pickups

WASHINGTON --  February 10, 2007 -- DaimlerChrysler is recalling more than 86,000 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks to resolve front-end vibration that could result in the failure of the front wheel bearing.

A spokesperson said the company had received a "couple hundred" warranty claims on the 2006 model trucks.

Owners who experience front-end vibration or bearing noise may take their vehicles to a dealer for inspection. Chrysler said it will replace the front wheel hub and bearing units at no cost to the owner
NEWS:    Chrysler recalls Dodge Ram 1500 pickups

WASHINGTON  --  September 6, 2006  --  Chrysler said Wednesday it was recalling about 145,000 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups to replace the passenger air bag pack and reprogram the air bags computer system.

The automaker said it would also replace the front passenger seat belt assembly in the same vehicles because it may not allow an owner to properly secure a limited number of child restraint systems. The assembly will be replaced in the recalled pickups plus about 15,000 additional Ram pickups from the same model year.


NEWS:     Chrysler to recall nearly 600,000 vehicles

NEW YORK (MarketWatch)  Oct. 7, 2005-- DaimlerChrysler AG's (DCX) Chrysler Group will voluntarily recall nearly 600,000 vehicles.

The automaker said in an e-mail Friday it will voluntarily recall about about 300,000 2005 vehicles equipped with six-cylinder engines and automatic transmissions.

 
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