Dodge is recalling nearly a quarter of a million Ram pickups for a bad tie rod assembly in the front steering system. The company says the part may fracture, and it often occurs during low-speed turning maneuvers, like in parking lots. If a fracture happens, drivers could notice a loss in directional stability, increasing the risk of a crash.
The affected vehicles include a wide range of models and years, including:
- 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4x4 built between Feb. 14, 2008, through Aug. 15, 2008
- 2008-2011 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4x4 built between Feb. 14, 2008, through March 28, 2011
- 2008-2011 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis 4x2 built between Feb. 14, 2008, through March 28, 2011
- 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 may have received part during routine service
There is no date for the start of the recall, but dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the left tie rod as needed for free. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 800-327-4236.