According to Cars.com, Chrysler is recalling 24,177 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles, including 2009 and 2010 Dodge Ram models. Both light-duty and heavy-duty Rams are part of the recall.
The recall involves a brake booster input rod retaining clip that could be missing or improperly formed. Without this piece, the brakes could fail without any warning.
There are other vehicles in the recall, as well: the 2010 Chrysler Sebring, 2010 Dodge Avenger, 2010 Dodge Nitro, 2010 Jeep Commander, 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and 2010 Jeep Liberty.
Chrysler will replace the part on affected vehicles for free. If you own one of the affected vehicles, you can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236.
This recall doesn't exactly come at a good time for the ailing automaker. Chrysler didn't have a press conference or unveil any new product at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this month, and some analysts fear the company won't be in business long enough to launch the upcoming products that are currently in the pipeline, or be around long enough for the five-year plan that new CEO Sergio Marchionne has laid out to take effect.
Those are valid concerns, of course, and adding the bad publicity of a recall on top doesn't help. As Toyota found out late in 2009, the "any publicity is good publicity" theory doesn't hold water when applied to automotive recalls.
Not to mention the fact that the new Ram is one of the few vehicles Chrysler can hang its hat on until the desperately needed new product gets launched. Redesigned for 2009, the Ram is one of only a handful of Chrysler cars and trucks that has drawn near-universal praise from the automotive press.
Now, the company must hope that this recall doesn't dent that image too much.