Chrysler is recalling 32,865 of its 2008-09 Dodge Ram 2500, 3500 and 3500 cab chassis pickup trucks because of a steering defect that could result in loss of steering control and pose the risk of a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the trucks affected by this recall are equipped with Powers and Sons steering linkages. The steering linkage drag link inner tie rod to the Pitman arm ball stud may fracture, federal officials say. Also the steering linkage damper attaching the bracket may yield and shift on the linkage leading to loss of steering control. Our source for this blog is this news report in Edmunds.com.

What officials are warning consumers is that this loss of steering control and the limited ability to turn the vehicle in one direction could increase the risk of an auto accident without warning. The recall is expected to begin later this month. Dodge dealers will replace the defective steering linkage and the drag link inner tie rod end assembly and inspect the steering linkage damper bracket, free of charge. Owners of the affected pickup trucks may call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

If you own one of these pickup truck models, please have it checked out at your dealer. Steering defects are some of the most dangerous defects in a vehicle that could lead to a catastrophic crash, especially if you lose control while driving at freeway speeds. Steering is one of the most important functions in a vehicle. If your steering locks up or fails on the road, you become helpless, even if you are an experienced driver. Steering system failures usually involve tie rods, steering arms or axles. These are auto product defects that could most certainly result in a crash causing major injuries or death to the vehicle’s occupants.

Most of these auto product defects occur because of flaws in the manufacturing process or due to defective design. A lot of times, they occur because of negligence or lack of proper quality control procedures. And sadly, they also occur because auto manufacturers are constantly trying to keep costs down and increase their profits. If you have been injured as a result of an auto product defect and would like to get more information about your legal rights and options, please call us. My staff or I will be more than happy to be of service.