The Chrysler Group is issuing three recalls on nearly 1.2-million pickup trucks in order to inspect and repair misaligned tie-rod assemblies.
About 842,400 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2003-2008 model years will be inspected so that the American automaker can find about 116,000 of them that were repaired with tie-rod assemblies that could become misaligned. Two other recalls will be conducted that will inspect another 294,000 pickups known to have tie-rod assemblies linked to previous recalls.
Those two recalls will affect the 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500, the 2008 Ram 1500 4×4 Mega Cabs and the 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4×4 chassis cabs. About 968,000 affected vehicles are in the U.S. while 157,000 are in Canada, 37,100 are in Mexico and 18,000 are outside the NAFTA region. According to Chrysler, a total of seven accidents and two injuries have been reported involving the affected models.
Affect customers will be notified by mail next month with repairs beginning in January. Interim service for Ram 4500 and 5500 owners is recommended since replacement parts may not be available until next year.
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