In three different campaigns, Chrysler is recalling about 145,000 trucks and crossover wagons over concerns of problems with steering, stalling, and airbag deployment.
CNN reports that there were 86 consumer reports of the need for tire rod replacements due to a ball stud at the end of a tire rod fracturing. Chrysler decided to recall 22,274 2008-2011 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 trucks. The tire rod fracture could cause loss of steering capability. In addition, after consumers reported noticing illumination of their airbag warning lamps, the potential risk of side airbags failing to deploy in the event of a collision was discovered in about 65,180 2009 Dodge Journey crossover wagons manufactured between November 1, 2007, and September 7, 2008. Chrysler also detected that side-impact pressure sensor circuits in these vehicles could create a risk of air bags becoming fatigued or breaking.
The third Chrysler recall of 56,611 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks, for a rear axle bearing that could seize and lead to the vehicle stalling, was initiated after 20 reports of axle-bearing noise or failure.
As of now, no known reports of accidents or injuries have been connected to any of these recalled vehicles.
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