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Dodge Dakota recall 12V474000

The Rear Axle May Lock Unexpectedly
Drive Train, September 28, 2012

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The rear axle may lock up (stop turning) unexpectedly and cause a loss of vehicle control and/or a vehicle crash.


Chrysler will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning in November, 2012. If you notice an abnormal noise from the rear axle, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.


The rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to a lack of adhesive. If the rear axle pinion nut loosens, the axle can lock up and cause a loss of vehicle control and/or a vehicle crash with little warning. Dealers will install a pinion nut retainer to correct this concern. The Chrysler recall number is M34.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2009, 2010

Mfr's Report Date:
September 28, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V474000

NHTSA Action Number: PE12021

Component: POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DIFFERENTIAL UNIT

Potential Number of Units Affected: 44300

Summary: Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2009-2010, Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota trucks, manufactured from July 1, 2009, through November 30, 2009, because a rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to a lack of adhesive.

Consequence: If the rear axle pinion nut loosens, the axle can lock up and cause a loss of vehicle control and/or a vehicle crash with little warning.

Remedy: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a pinion nut retainer, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2012. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

Notes: Chrysler's recall campaign number is M34. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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