On certain automatic transmissions, the cup plug that retains the park pawl anchor shaft may be improperly installed. If the shaft moves out of position, the vehicle may not be able to achieve "park" position. If this occurs and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle may roll, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the transmission and install a bracket to ensure the park pawl anchor shaft is retained in the proper position. This recall is expected to begin on November 28, 2005. The Chrysler recall number is E14.
Dodge Dakota Recalls
The side curtain air bag fasteners may not have been properly tightened. This could result in improper side air bag deployment in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to vehicle occupants. Dealers will tighten the side curtain fasteners to the proper specification.
Chrysler is recalling certain 2000-2003 Dodge Dakota and Durango 4WD models because the front upper ball joints may wear out prematurely. Water intrusion can cause rust to develop, which will accelerate wear and cause a clunking noise in the front suspension, which may or may not be heard by the vehicle occupants. Excessive wear may allow the ball joint to separate, which could result in loss of vehicle control. Dealers will replace both front upper ball joints to correct this issue.
Chrysler is recalling certain 2002-2004 Dodge Dakota and 2002-2003 Dodge Durango models because the front windshield wipers may stop working. This is a result of corrosion in the wiper motor due to water intrusion. Failure of the windshield wiper may result in reduced visibility, increasing the chance of a crash. Dealers will replace the front windshield wiper module to correct this concern.
The dashboard wiring harness may be damaged by operation of the clutch pedal. This can cause erratic operation of the wipers, turn signals, horn, or lighting systems, which could increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect, repair if necessary, and reroute the wire harness to correct this issue.
Chrysler is recalling certain 2003 Dodge Dakota and Durango models because the right headlamp low beam may stop working. This caused by an internal fault with the central timer module (CTM). Loss of the right low beam can cause reduced visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the CTM to correct this issue.
The front outboard seat belt anchor bolts may not be tightened correctly, which can limit occupant restraint in the event of a crash. Dealers will inspect the bolts and tighten to specification.