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Chrysler Recalls Dodge Journey, Ram 1500, 4500, 5500 For Suspension, Electrical, Steering Flaws

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Chrysler has issued three separate recalls for four different vehicles: the Dodge Journey, the Ram 1500, and the Ram 4500 and 5500. At issue are a range of problems, including flaws related to suspension, steering, and electrical systems.

Up first, the Journey -- specifically, 2009 Dodge Journeys manufactured between November 1, 2007 and September 7, 2008. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those models may have been built with inferior wiring, which is prone to "fatigue and break". If that happens, it can cause a malfunction of the side-impact sensors; as a result, drivers may see an airbag warning light, and the Journey may also lose the ability to detect a side-impact crash. While the former is merely annoying, the second is potentially very dangerous, since it would prevent the deployment of side airbags in the event of an accident. 

This recall currently affects 65,180 vehicles. Chrysler expects to begin fixes in Feburary 2011, at which time dealers will replace the units' wiring harnesses free of charge. If you have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to call your dealer, or give Chrysler a ring at 800-853-1403 and reference recall #K07. Alternately, you can call the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and refer to campaign #10V658000.

The second recall involves the 2011 Ram and affects 56,611 units manufactured between September and December 2010. The NHTSA notice indicates that the rear-axle bearing on these vehicles may seize, increasing the risk of a crash. Owners may hear a growling or grinding noise coming from the axle before the bearing fails.

Chrysler expects to begin this recall in February, too, and the faulty part(s) will be replaced free of charge. As before, we recommend that owners contact their dealers ASAP to check on the status of the recall, but you're also welcome to ring Chrysler at 800-853-1403 (no recall number as yet) or the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 (campaign #10V656000).

The third and final recall (we hope) involves Ram 4500 and 5500 models from the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 model years. The left ball stud on the tie rod in those vehicles may weaken and fracture, which could cause drivers to lose control of the truck, which in turn could result in an accident. The recall involves 22,274 units.

Chrysler has said that it will replace the left outer tie rod on affected vehicles free of charge. Call your dealer with questions, ring Chrysler at 800-853-1403 and reference recall #K28, or call the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and refer to campaign #10V657000.

These three recalls follow close on the heels of recalls issued for the 2009 and 2009 Ram, which we mentioned just a couple of weeks ago. These problems aren't likely related to those, but the timing is still unfortunate. Then again, 2010 has been a banner year for recalls, so maybe Chrysler is just going with the flow. Here's hoping for safer -- and more recall-free -- 2011

[NHTSA bulletins on the Journey, Ram 1500, and Ram 4500/5500]

 
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Comments (7)
  1. In an effort to cut every penny from manufacturing costs and suppliers doing the same, has led to a rash of recalls by many auto manufacturers. This is especially bad for some makers which are struggling to improve quality and image. Suppliers should be more closely monitored for excessive cost compromises that are hard to detect during assembly. Personnally, I have found most of what I buy from China looks ok but in a short time proves to be junk. Detroit be warned, maybe the cheap item you buy today will cost more in the end.
    Thank goodness Chrysler and others are willing to accept responsibility and fix the problems.
     
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  2. You (Chrysler) closed my dealer! I'm just going to take my POS Fiat Journey down to the nearest Ford dealer. Thanks for nothing once again Fiat/Chrysler llc
     
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  3. This is unfortunate for Chrysler, but in their defense they have taken responsibility for these flaws and recalled the vehicles unlike Toyota. In response to TOM J, you may wind up with a Turkish built POS.
     
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  4. "Responsibility"
    Yeah right. They got caught, so they got to pay. Many manufacturers are aware of defects. But they still send defective units to dealer lots with hope that severity of potential failures would not warrant a recall. Sometimes this kind of risk pays off, sometimes it does not.
     
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  5. I would like to know when the dealership found out about this - i bought my Dodge Ram 1500 on December 23, 2010 and specifically asked them about any recalls and they said only recalls they knew of were for 2010. But I trust the deal I got and will trust them with fixing the problems because I LOVE MY TRUCK!!!!
     
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  6. @Susan: It looks like the manufacturer first submitted the recall documents to the NHTSA on December 24. So the good news is that your dealer was telling the truth. The bad news is that your timing was lousy :(
     
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  7. My 2009 Journey is the worst car i have bought.And was my first dodge.But will not buy another.Went through 4 sets of brakes.Paint blistered.Ttransmission had to be replaced.$ sets of rotors .Wiring probs with warning lights on and driver controls not working.And dealer laughs at me and says suck it up we will do nothing
     
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