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Recall: 278,222 Chrysler SUVs, pickups for failing axles

Move expands on an October 2012 recall; Ram, Dakota, Durango and Aspen models are affected.

By Exhaust Notes Feb 14, 2013 10:36AM
Chrysler is recalling 278,222 pickup trucks and SUVs to fix rear axles that can suddenly lock up and could cause the driver to lose control, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall expands on an October recall of the 2009-2010 Dodge Ram 1500 and Dakota, in which pinion nuts could loosen and cause the axle to fail. At that time, Chrysler said it received 195 customer reports of rear axle failures due to loose nuts. The latest recall includes the 2011-2012 model years of the Ram 1500 and Dakota pickups, plus the 2009 Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs. In total, 322,522 vehicles are affected, including the previous recall.

Chrysler said it had received 381 additional reports of axle failure and 15 additional accident reports related to pinion-nut problems on 2009 and 2010 vehicles after the October recall. No injuries have been reported, Chrysler said.

Chrysler dealers will install pinion-nut retainers starting in March. Owners can contact the automaker at 1-800-247-9753.

[Source: NHTSA]
7Comments
Feb 15, 2013 5:08AM
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Geeze, it's usually the nut behind the steering wheel that's the problem!  We never recall them!!
Feb 24, 2013 3:42PM
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Not funny to know that they buy their axles from a company here in America. Wonder if you are going to see a recall for Chevys/GMCs. Same axle manufacturer. MOPAR should have stayed with their previous manufacturer. Was not originally owned by GM as their new manufacturer is by a spin-off from GM.
Apr 9, 2013 5:19PM
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HEY I REALLY ENJOY DRIVING MY RAM TRUCK! ITS AWESOME! CHRYSLER IS STANDING BEHIND IT AND THATS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME!
Feb 15, 2013 3:08PM
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American tax payers bailed them out, now owned by & built in foreign countries... GUTS, GLORY, RAM... lol
Feb 14, 2013 7:58PM
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What can a driver do to counteract an axle failure?  Wow!

Feb 15, 2013 3:13AM
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GUTS< GLORY,Seizure! You tell em Sam Elliott!!!!
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