Chrysler has recalled 278,000 pickups and SUVs because their rear axles can lock up unexpectedly. The recall covers many Ram 1500 pickups from the 2009-12 model years as well as Dodge Dakota pickups from 2009-11. Also included are Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs from 2009.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a nut in the rear axle can come loose because of a missing adhesive patch. If that happens, the axle can lock and the driver could lose control of the vehicle. Chrysler said there have been 15 reported accidents but no injuries because of the problem. Chrysler will install a retainer to keep the nut in place.
This is the second time Chrysler has recalled trucks for this problem. Last October, the company recalled about 44,000 Rams and Dakotas that were made between July and November of 2009. Chrysler later found that vehicles made as early as February 2008 and as late as October 2011 were also affected.
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