Chrysler is recalling 44,300 Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota pickup trucks from the 2009 and 2010 model years because the rear axle could lock up, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In the affected vehicles, which were built between July 1, 2009, and Nov. 30, 2009, the rear axle pinion nut may loosen because it lacks adhesive. If that happens, the axle may lock up, and the driver could suddenly lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Chrysler will start notifying owners next month, and dealers will install a pinion nut retainer for free. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-247-9753 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.