March 05, 2013

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)

Chrysler has issued a recall of approximately 278,222 trucks due to an auto defect that can cause the rear axle pinion nut to loosen. The following vehicles are included in the recall class: 2009-2012 Ram 1500 trucks manufactured from February 27, 2008 through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009 through October 20, 2011; model year 2009-2011 Dodge Dakota trucks manufactured from February 27, 2007 through June 30, 2009, and from December 1, 2009 through September 30, 2011; model year 2009 Chrysler Aspen trucks manufactured from January 3, 2008 through December 18, 2008; and model year 2009 Dodge Durango trucks manufactured from January 3, 2008 through December 18, 2008. If the rear axle pinion nut loosens, the axle can lock up and cause a loss of vehicle control and/or a vehicle crash with little warning.

This recall is expected to begin sometime in March 2013. Dealers have agreed to inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler directly at 1-800-247-9753 and reference safety recall no. N08. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V038000.

Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.