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Rear axles in a host of Chrysler pick-up trucks will be examined for a missing adhesive patch. The patch is important in that it holds a nut that guarantees the rear axle stays in place. 278,000 Chrysler pick-ups and SUVs are being recalled because this structurally important nut can become loose, the axle can lock without warning, and a driver could lose control of the vehicle increasing the risk of a crash.

The Detroit Free Press reported February 15 that so far, 15 accidents have been reported, but thankfully no injuries are known to be associated with the problem. The recall involves Ram 1500 pick-up trucks of the 2009-2012 model years, Dodge Dakota pick-up trucks in the 2009-2011 model years, and the 2009 model year Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs.

Owners will be notified by Chrysler beginning in March 2013. This is the second recall in recent history of Chrysler’s trucks due to the same problem. In October 2012, Chrysler recalled approximately 44,000 Ram and Dakota trucks manufactured in July 2009 through November of that year, and then learned vehicles manufactured from February 2008 through October 2011 also exhibited the same problem. Not a happy moment for Chrysler’s quality control people.

This is a safety-related defect. Please get your Chrysler repaired through a Chrysler dealer.

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