Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 280,000 Dodge Ram pickups around the world due to a rear axle problem. Of the affected trucks, about 257,000 are in the U.S.
The problem with the truck stems from a loose nut that could cause the rear axle to seize on 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups built from January 2004 through August 2005. Chrysler dealers will install a retention feature to the pinion nut. The recall will begin Feb. 13.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the problem in June after receiving 15 complaints. The agency said the pinion nut may loosen, causing the rear axle to seize. The driveshaft also may detach, which could cause a crash. (more…)