Chrysler Group LLC has announced a recall of almost 250,000 of its Ram pickup trucks due to a problem with the steering column that can cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle and crash. The recall involves 242,780 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks from 2008 through 2011 year models.
The problem is reportedly a defective part in the steering column, located near the left front wheel, which can fracture. Chrysler reports the problem generally occurs at low speeds during tight turns. The manufacturer has received reports of minor crashes and one minor injury associated with the steering column defect.
Specific models affected include:
- 2008-2011 Ram 2500 and 3500 four-wheel drive pickup trucks made from Feb. 14, 2008-March 28, 2011
- 2008-2011 Ram 3500 two-wheel drive chassis cabs made from Feb. 14, 2008-March 28, 2011
- 2008 Ram 1500 mega cab four-wheel drive models made from Feb. 14, 2008-Aug. 15, 2008
Chrysler also is investigating Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks made from 2003-2008 to determine if the defective part may have been replaced during regular vehicle service, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Chrysler dealers will inspect the trucks and replace the left outer tie rod and align the wheels for free if necessary. Affected owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.