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 Ram 1500 Recalls
Chrysler has recalled certain 2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because a substitute wheel lug nut tightening process may not have been sufficient enough to insure proper torque of the lug nuts. This may cause wheels to loosen, which increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the wheel lug nuts for proper torque and correct if necessary.
Chrysler has recalled certain 2000 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models with ABS systems because some vehicles may have inadequate clearance between the front tire/wheel and the brake hose/ABS sensor wire assembly, which can cause them to come into contact with each other. This can lead to wire damage or a hole in the brake line, which adversely affects braking performance. Dealers will replace the front brake hose assemblies and the ABS sensor wire will be inspected and replaced if necessary.
Chrysler has recalled certain 2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with a camper package and overload springs because the rear axle spacer plate could lead to deformation of the upper spring plate during assembly of the axle to the vehicle. This can cause a soft joint, which may cause the rear axle U-bolts to lose clamp load. This may result in displacement of the rear axle and a loss of vehicle control. Dealers will remove the spacer plates and replace the spring plates.
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.
Chrysler has recalled certain 2001 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 quad cab pickup models because the upper control arms can cause the bolts to stretch due to the application of a higher than specified clamp load. If the fasteners break, the axle may rotate forward when braking. This rotation may twist the steering linkage and separate the brake lines. Dealers will replace the upper control arm bolts and nuts.
Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1996 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 light duty pickup trucks because they were built with an ignition switch and wiring that may overheat. Dealers will install a relay and overlay harness.
Chrysler has recalled certain 1998-2000 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 trucks equipped with the optional trailer hitch. The trailer hitch side brackets are composed of a material with insufficient strength, which could fatigue and fracture in the area where the trailer hitch mounts to the frame. Dealers will inspect the trailer hitches and replace any trailer hitch showing signs of fatigue cracking. If no evidence of cracking exists, the dealer will install two reinforcement brackets.
Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1995 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the front suspension spring/shock towers can crack and eventually separate from the vehicle frame. This may damage the rear wheel brake lines and cause a loss of rear brake system pressure, which may increase stopping distance. Dealers will replace the tower on vehicles that show cracking. For others, a weld-on reinforcement will be added.
Chrysler has recalled certain 2000 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the welds at the right side lower control arm bracket to axle tube attachment may have inadequate fatigue life due to poor weld quality. This can cause the control arm bracket to separate from the axle tube. This may result in reduced directional stability, braking degradation, and/or vehicle pull under braking. Dealers will replace the front axle with a properly welded front axle.