Ram trucks have received a number of accolades in recent years, but that hasn't stopped the vehicles from developing some problems that may impact many off-road drivers. Chrysler, Ram's parent company, recently announced that it is recalling more than 1.2 million Ram trucks due to front-end issues. Those problems may lead to issues with the steering of a vehicle, which in turn could place drivers and passengers in danger - regardless of whether they are on the highway or in the wilderness.
At the center of the recall are the tie-rods used as part of the steering system. Chrysler believes that these tie-rods could be out of alignment due to an installation error, and if they are not properly attached to the vehicle, drivers may encounter steering failures. According to the automaker, six crashes have occurred as a result of the problem.
Although the recall affects a large number of vehicles, Chrysler predicts that less than half of the trucks will actually need some kind of repair. Approximately 453,000 trucks may need attention.
"Chrysler Group is casting the net wider than necessary to identify those vehicles that require repair," the automaker said in a release. "Any found to have suspect tie-rod assemblies will have those components replaced at no cost to customers."
The affected vehicles that are a part of the three separate recalls include Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 models produced from 2003 to 2012. Additionally, Ram 4500 and Ram 5500 from 2008 to 2012 are also being recalled, as well as 2008 Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cabs.
Anyone with a Ram from these years who uses the truck as an off-road vehicle should be sure to get it checked out. Not only is steering an essential part of driving any car, but because a Dodge lift kit may impact the steering anyway, the problem may be enhanced in a modified truck.