Chrysler to Recall 145,000 Vehicles

Recalls due to steering, airbag and stalling issues

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.

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