Chrysler Group said on Dec. 30 that it was conducting three recalls which affected 145,000 trucks and crossover wagons.
One recall involves 22,274 2008-2011 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 trucks, with the manufacturer saying a ball stud at the end of a tie rod could fracture and lead to a loss of steering. The recall was announced after 86 consumer reports of tie rod replacements due to such a fracture.
Also recalled are 65,180 2009 Dodge Journey crossover wagons manufactured between November 1, 2007, and September 7, 2008. This recall is due to side airbags that may not deploy in a crash. This came to the manufacturer's attention after consumers reported that they were seeing airbag warning lamps light up. Chrysler said side-impact pressure sensor circuits may be at risk of fatigue and breaking.
A third recall involves 56,611 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks because of a rear axle bearing that could seize and cause the vehicle to stall. The company said it had received 20 reports alleging axle-bearing noise or failure.