The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration is opening a new investigation into 260,000 2005 Ram 1500s regarding driveshaft detachment and possible lockup.
According to The Detroit News, an earlier investigation regarding the same driveshaft issue was specifically related to the 2009 and 2010 Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota. The recall was later expanded to include 2011-2012 Ram 1500s and Dakotas along with 2009-2012 Dodge Durangos and Chrysler Aspens. That NHTSA investigation was closed in March 2013.
The new investigation deals with the same problem with model-year 2005 Ram 1500s.
The original recall issues centered on adhesive that may or may not have been applied to a pinion nut that could work itself free, allowing the driveshaft to separate from the vehicle. Depending on the findings, NHTSA may require Ram Truck to launch a recall.