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1 million Ram pickups recalled

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Quad CabThe 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.

Are you driving one of these Chrysler pickup trucks?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter: @SheDrives.

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February 28, 2014 at 7:42 am

Yes and I wonder if my death wobble after hitting a bump in the road at 60-65 mph has to be what this recall is all about? 04 2500 quad Hemi short bed. Almost can lose control unless you grab the steering wheel real hard. Feels like the front end is going to explode.

George cramer
February 01, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I own a 2012 3500 ram with tie rod defect,verified by my dealer.i am outraged that they are aware of the danger involved under there own admission,yet they will not provide a rental car to keep my family safe. No parts.. 4 months out. Truck payments on a truck i cant and wont drive. Our national transportation board is just as bad because they are allowing these dangeros trucks oin the nations highways.i will never never buy another chrysler product again . Never.