The Chrysler Group has announced three recalls affecting 1.2 million Dodge Ram pickup trucks to check for a problem with the steering system, though the automaker estimates that the majority of them will not need repairs.
The recall will involve inspecting the tie-rod assembly on the steering system, which may have been misaligned during initial assembly or at the time of a steering-system service, or could become misaligned, resulting in steering loss. Chrysler is aware of seven accidents involving the trucks.
The recalls affect the 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks; 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, chassis cabs and 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cabs; and 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs.
Consumers, who will be mailed recall notices with instructions for making service appointments, will want to respond promptly. If the problem is not repaired, it could result in an accident, which could cause injury as well as an increase in auto insurance rates.
The Chrysler Group is recalling more vehicles than necessary to ensure all Ram pickups needing repair are located. It estimates about 453,000 cars will actually require a repair.
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