The North American based automotive giant Chrysler Group LLC has recently announced a recall for some of its models, because of a problem with the rear axle pinion nut.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 278,222 units of the Ram 1500, Dodge Dakota, Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen will be affected by this recall in the United States and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers. The NHTSA says that the affected models have a problem with the rear axle pinion nut which can lead to a loss of vehicle control.
“The rear axle pinion nut in the affected vehicles may loosen due to an undersized pinion spline that can allow relative motion between the nut and companion flange”, as the NHTSA is saying in its summary of the problem.
The company’s dealers will install the pinion nut retainer and replace it if necessary, free of charge. The affected Ram 1500 models have been produced from February 27, 2008 and June 30 2009 and from December 1, 2009 to October 20, 2011. The Dodge Dakota vehicles have been made between February 27, 2007 and June 30, 2009 and from December 1, 2009 and September 30, 2011. The Dodge Durango and the Chrysler Aspen have been produced between January 3, 2008, and December 18, 2008.