Chrysler recently issued a recall for Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks that were produced between 2003 and 2011 for an issue with the tie-rod. A weakening of the ball stud may cause a fracture in the tie-rod during low-speed maneuvers, especially sharp turns, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. This issue could cause the vehicles to lose their directional stability in the front left wheel, which could increase the risk of a car accident.
The majority of the cars that are affected were made for the model years 2008 through 2011, but some 2500 and 3500 models may have had the defective auto parts installed during routine servicing. Chrysler will inspect all trucks that may be affected and will replace the affected parts as necessary, even including a front end alignment for qualified trucks.
People who are considering purchasing a Dodge Ram with a used car loan should find out whether the issue has been resolved before they purchase the vehicle.
Last year, Chrysler recalled 4500 and 5500 Dodge Rams for similar issues, and began an investigation when the car company received a few complaints about other models, The New York Times reports.