2010 is nearly over but auto recall campaigns never take a day off. To help close a year rife with recall activity, Chrysler and Ford have rolled out a list of pickup trucks and SUVs that will need a free visit to the dealer.
The Problem: The front doors’ wiring harness may degrade over time and disable the circuitry associated with the side impact sensor. This in turn will illuminate the gauge cluster’s airbag warning light and cause the loss of the side airbags, which increases the chance of injury in the event of a crash.
The Fix: Dodge dealers will replace the driver and passenger door wiring harness starting in February 2011.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 65,180
The Problem: A faulty body control module is to blame for this recall. BCMs govern the numerous electrical systems in a vehicle, and the 2011 Edge, F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, and Lincoln MKX modules could potentially short internally and overheat, producing risk of a fire.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the body control module on or before January 10, 2011.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 14,737
2011 Ram 1500
The Problem: Rear axle bearings ensure smooth operation, but some may be at risk of overheating and seizing due to insufficient lubrication. Owners should be vigilant for growling or grinding noises coming from the stern.
The Fix: The factory recommended lube fill amount for the rear axle increases from 71 ounces to 91 ounces, and dealers will add the extra 20 ounces for free.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 56,611
2008-2011 Ram 4500, 5500
The Problem: The very heavy-duty trucks’ driver side ball stud on the tie rod could fracture and cause a loss of steering.
The Fix: Commercial dealers will have to replace the driver side outer tie rod assembly, beginning in February 2011.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 22,274