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Recall 96V230000

Chrysler Recalls 1994-1995 Dodge Rams Due to Separating Lower Steering Shaft

Recall Details

Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1995 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the lower steering shaft may separate from the upper steering shaft. This can cause a loss of vehicle control, which can increase the risk of a crash. If the plastic pins and metal clip are broken, dealers will add a restraining sleeve to the intermediate steering shaft in order to limit the motion of the axial steering column shaft.

Suspension & Steering, February 7, 1997

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
February 7, 1997
NHTSA Action Number
PE96047
Potential Number of Units Affected
475,000
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
96V230000
Component
STEERING:WHEEL AND HANDLE BAR
Summary
IF THE PLASTIC PINS AND METAL CLIP THAT RETAIN THE LOWER STEERING SHAFT IN THE UPPER SHAFT BREAK, THE LOWER STEERING SHAFT CAN SEPARATE FROM THE UPPER SHAFT.
Consequence
IF THE LOWER STEERING SHAFT SEPARATES FROM THE UPPER SHAFT, LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL CAN OCCUR INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE ACCIDENT.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL ADD A RESTRAINING SLEEVE TO THE INTERMEDIATE STEERING SHAFT TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF AXIAL STEERING COLUMN SHAFT MOVING IN THE EVENT THE PLASTIC PINS AND METAL CLIP ARE BROKEN.
Notify
OWNER NOTIFICATION: CHRYSLER PLANS TO NOTIFY OWNERS IN LATE JANUARY 1997. NOTE: OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-800-424-9393.
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