Dodge Ram pickups recalled by Chrysler for rear axle failures
Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 3:03 pm
Automaker giant Chrysler is recalling about 257,000 Dodge Ram pickups in the U.S. due to fears that its rear axle might seize up or its driveshaft might detach because of a loosened rear axle pinion nut, The Detroit News reported on December 19.
Since its investigation in June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) learned about 15 incidents associated with the issue, seven of which occurred at speeds of 50 mph or greater. Meanwhile, two of the reports indicated that the problems have caused the affected vehicle to spin out of control.
The recalled vehicles were manufactured between January 2004 and August 2005. Chrysler said it will begin recalling the affected units on February 13.
Rear axle failures are known to cause rollover accidents, especially among vehicles with a higher center of gravity, including pickups. If you believe a negligent automaker was the cause of an injuring rollover crash you have been involved in, speak with an attorney at the Auto Defects by calling to learn more about the legal options available to you.