Chrysler has announced three separate recalls, covering Dodge Journeys built between November 1, 2007 and September 7, 2008; model year 2008 – 2011 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 trucks; and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks built between September 2009 and December 2010. Overall, 65,180 Journeys are affected, 22,274 Ram 4500/5500s are affected and 56,611 Ram 1500s are affected.
The Dodge Journey recall involves the front door wiring harness, which may crack with repeated flexing. Should the wires break, the side impact sensors would be unable to trigger the side impact airbags in the event of a collision. Dealers will replace the left and right wiring harnesses on recalled vehicles.
The Ram 4500/5500 recall involves a potentially weak ball joint on the left side of the tie rod. Failure of the ball joint could result in a loss of steering, and dealers will replace the left outer tie rod to remedy the situation.
Finally, the Ram 1500 recall involves potentially faulty axle bearings, which could be prone to seizure. Owners who hear a grinding or squealing noise from their rear wheels should contact a Dodge dealer as soon as possible. The fix appears to be replacement of the rear axle bearings.
The recalls are expected to begin in February of 2011, once dealers amass the replacement parts needed to carry out the recalls. Owners with questions or concerns can reach Dodge’s customer service hotline at (800) 423-6343 or at (866) 726-4636.