Chrysler is enlisting a recall alert for all 2009 and 2010 Dodge Dakota and Ram 1500s. Both the 2010 Ram 1500 or the Dakota have had brake recalls in the past but this is a driveline related issue; in fact, a the issue centers on the pinion nut at the rear of the driveshaft.
The nut was suppose to have an adhesive applied to prevent the nut from coming loose, however some nuts may not have had the material applied properly or at all. The Detroit News is reporting that if the nut backs itself out, it can cause the driveshaft to lock up, potentially causing serious damage.
The recall is likely to effect as many as 44,000 vehicles--Chrysler will notify owners directly. The fix includes dealers installing a new pinion nut retainer clip, skipping the adhesive altogether, free of charge, to prevent the nut from loosening again.
The NHTSA recall is expected to begin in November and owners should receive a notice through the mail but may contact Chrysler at 800-247-9753 if they have any further questions. The NHTSA Campaign ID and Action Numbers are 12V474000 and PE12021, respectively.
Chrysler's recall campaign number is M34. Owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 (800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.