Chrysler Announces Voluntary Recalls of Ram Trucks, Darts

Chrysler Group LLC has announced three separate voluntary recall actions that it will include approximately 37,000 2012 and 2013 model year pickup trucks and 14,800 2013 model year Dodge Darts.

Approximately 30,000 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups will be recalled to repair a warning light that notifies the driver in the event of a tail light malfunction. The repair will involve a software upgrade which will be performed by dealers at no cost to customers.  The recall will include about 17,400 models that were sold in the U.S., as well as approximately 12,750 models that were sold in Canada, Mexico and other markets outside North America.  Chrysler says it discovered the problem while performing routine tests.

The automaker will also recall approximately 6,900 2012 model year Ram 4500 and 5500 pickups to repair an issue that can cause the front prop shaft to fracture or bind, resulting in damage to the front axle.  The recall will include about 5,600 vehicles that were sold in the U.S. and another 1,300 that were sold in Canada.

The third announced recall involves Darts that were manufactured between March 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Darts made between these dates, and equipped with a 1.4-liter engine and dual-clutch transmission, can stall at temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.  Chrysler says the problem was discovered during routine testing and that some dealers have also received complaints from customers.

The Dart recall will include about 15,000 Darts; most of which were sold in the U.S. and Canada.

Chrysler says there have been no reports of injuries or deaths related to the issues with its Ram trucks or Darts.

The recalls were announced just one week after Chrysler Group LLC refused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s request that it recall approximately 2.7 million model years 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and model years 2002-2007 Libertys to repair a potential fire risk caused by the placement of the vehicles’ fuel tank behind the rear axle.

In a statement issued on June 4, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said he is hopeful that Chrysler will “reconsider its position and take action to protect its customers and the driving public.”

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