Chrysler will recall 1.2 million trucks for tie rod problems in three seperate actions. The defective tie rods can cause a a complete loss of steering and could possibly be linked to the infamous death wobble.
One recall will target 842,400 model-year 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks to find 116,000 trucks that were repaired with tie-rod assemblies that could go out of alignment. The problem is serious enough to cause the tie-rod to break and cause a complete loss of steering control.
Only 13% of the recalled trucks actually have the problem, which means roughly 87% of owners are going to be pretty upset they wasted a day bringing their truck in to the shop.
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Two additional recalls will try to find vehicles known to have tie-rod assemblies linked to previous recalls. They include 294,000 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, chassis cabs and 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cabs; plus 43,500 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs.
Death wobble is a violent shaking of the front end of the vehicle while driving. It usually happens after hitting a bump while traveling at highway speeds, and doesn’t stop until the truck slows down.