Sudden Loss of Steering Control
Suspension & Steering, February 16, 2009
RepairPal Expert Overview
Our Quick Take:
The driver may experience a sudden loss of steering control, which can increase the risk of a crash without warning.
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a high priority recall; loss of steering control may happen without warning. Please contact your Dodge dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
The drag link to Pitman arm ball stud may fracture without warning on certain trucks. The steering damper may also yield and shift on the linkage. The driver may experience a sudden loss of steering control, which can increase the risk of a crash without warning. Dealers will replace the steering linkage and steering damper. The recall began on February 16, 2009. The Chrysler recall number is H36.
Mfr's Report Date:
February 16, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING 32,782 MY 2008-2009 DODGE RAM 2500, 3500 AND 3500 CAB CHASSIS PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH POWERS AND SONS STEERING LINKAGE. THE STEERING LINKAGE DRAG LINK INNER TIE ROD TO PITMAN ARM BALL STUD MAY FRACTURE. ALSO THE STEERING LINKAGE DAMPER ATTACHING THE BRACKET MAY YIELD AND SHIFT ON THE LINKAGE.
THIS COULD RESULT IN A LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL AND THE RESTRICTED ABILITY TO TURN THE VEHICLE IN ONE DIRECTION INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STEERING LINKAGE DRAG LINK INNER TIE ROD END ASSEMBLY, AND INSPECT THE STEERING LINKAGE DAMPER BRACKET FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 16, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
CHRYSLER RECALL NO. H36. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration