Chrysler is recalling certain 1997-2000 Dodge Dakota, 1998-2000 Dodge Durango, and 1997-2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because sound deadening material inside the steering wheel may become dislodged and interfere with the clock spring ribbon, which can cause an open electrical circuit. An open circuit in the clock spring will illuminate the air bag warning light and disable the air bag system. With the air bag system disabled, there is an increased chance of injury in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the clock spring to correct this concern.
Dodge Dakota Recalls
Chrysler is recalling certain 2001 Dodge Dakota and Durango models equipped with 4WD because the transfer case may not fully engage when the selector switch is activated. This could allow the transfer case to unexpectedly end up in the neutral position, which may cause the vehicle to roll, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will reprogram the transfer case control module.
The information on how to secure a car seat properly using tether anchors using step by step, illustrated procedures is missing. Improper attachment of child seat tether straps to vehicle tether anchors could cause a child safety issue in a collision. Owners were sent an addendum to the owners manual that addresses tether strap installation.
There may be inadequate clearance between the fuel line and the cab underbody. Contact between the fuel line and the underbody could wear the fuel line and cause a fuel leak. Leaking fuel increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect for proper fuel line clearance. Fuel lines with inadequate clearance will be replaced with the redesigned fuel line.
Vehicles may not have adequate clearance between the left front brake tube and the power steering hose, which can cause the brake tube to wear and a brake fluid leak. Loss of brake fluid can reduce braking efficiency, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the brake tube and power steering hose for wear and replace them if necessary. A power steering bracket will be installed to insure adequate clearance between the brake pipe and power steering hose.
Automatic transmission fluid may be expelled from the fill tube during normal temperature operation. The expelled transmission fluid could come into contact with the hot exhaust, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will shorten the vent hose and assure adequate clearance.
The rear axle vent hose may contact the rear brake hose, causing damage to the hose and a possible brake fluid leak. Brake fluid loss can result in a loss of braking efficiency, which may increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the rear brake hose for wear and worn hoses will be replaced. In addition, the rear axle vent hose will be shortened and secured to assure adequate clearance.
Chrysler is recalling certain 1998 Dodge Dakota, Ram 1500, and Ram 2500 models because the bolts used to attach the cab and core support to the frame may fail. This may cause the cab to separate from the frame and increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the affected bolts with properly hardened ones.
A front brake hose or anti-lock brake system (ABS) wheel speed sensor wire may be damaged by contact with the wheelhouse splash shield. A damaged brake hose may leak brake fluid, reducing braking efficiency and/or illuminating the brake warning light. A damaged ABS sensor wire may illuminate the the ABS warning light and/or cause a loss of ABS function. This may result in reduced braking efficiency and an increased risk of a crash. Dealers will trim the front wheelhouse splash shields and inspect the brake hoses and sensor wire. Hoses and sensor wires showing signs of abrasion will be replaced.