Chrysler recalls over 44,000 trucks in U.S.

Mon Oct 8, 2012 8:40am EDT

A Chrysler badge is pictured on a new car at a dealership in Vienna, Virginia April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A Chrysler badge is pictured on a new car at a dealership in Vienna, Virginia April 26, 2012.

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(Reuters) - Chrysler Group LLC is recalling more than 44,000 pickup trucks in the United States because a rear-axle pinion nut could loosen and cause loss of vehicle control.

Chrysler, which is controlled by Fiat SpA, is recalling 44,300 Dodge Dakota and Dodge Ram 1500 pickups from model years 2009 and 2010 as a rear-axle nut may loosen due to lack of adhesive, according to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Should the nut loosen, the axle could lock up and cause loss of control or a crash with little warning, the documents said.

NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation into the issue in July, according to the documents. There have been 17 field reports alleging axle failure due to pinion nut loosening, the documents said.

The recall is expected to begin in November. Chrysler will notify owners and supply a nut retainer at no cost.

(Reporting By Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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Comments (2)
americanguy wrote:
I would think they could find a better way to keep the nut from loosening, other than loctite.
Adhesive on a bolt that gets slammed and stressed a lot, is not a good idea.
Have they never heard of a cotter pin?

Oct 08, 2012 8:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jaroca wrote:
that solution would require extra steps and parts in the manufacturing process…….bean counters don’t like that….

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