In a release today, Chrysler Group announced the recall of 1.2 million Ram trucks as a result of a misalignment of the steering-system tie rods. Chrysler noted that it is aware of six accidents and two injuries potentially as a consequence of the defect.
Chrysler added that the recall only targets 453,000 trucks and it estimates that some 726,000 of the trucks may not need repair. The misalignment of the steering system tie rods could ultimately result in "component fracture and steering loss."
The trucks included in the recall are 842,400 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks, of which 116,000 may have repaired tie-rod assemblies that have become misaligned. In addition, the company is recalling 294,000 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, chassis cabs, and 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cabs, plus 43,500 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs. Affected customers will be alerted through mail next month, with work beginning potentially as early as January next year.
According to its press release, "Chrysler Group is casting the net wider than necessary to identify those vehicles that require repair. Any found to have suspect tie-rod assemblies will have those components replaced at no cost to customers."