This week, over 100,ooo Ram trucks are on the recall docket for a suspension issue that can lead to a crash.
With automobile recalls constantly in the news, there is certainly no shortage of broken cars scheduled for repair at your local dealership. So, how do you go about the process of determining if your ride is currently under a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall? Better yet, if you find out that your vehicle is being recalled, how do you have it repaired at no cost and minimal inconvenience to you? You can start by visiting the NHTSA website and performing a vehicle identification number (VIN) search. If you have a good relationship with your local dealership, you may also give your service advisor a call and have him search your VIN. He can then advise you on taking the necessary steps to have the conditions of the safety recall rectified. If you can’t get help from the dealership, then contact the NHTSA. I promise you that they will make them aware of your concerns.
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Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) to locate the VIN (also visible through the driver side lower exterior corner of the windshield – on the dash) and production date (Month/Year). This information can assist you in determining whether your ride is under a NHTSA recall.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V541000
Chrysler Recall Campaign number: R46
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Ram 2500 trucks and 2013-2014 Ram 3500 trucks and cab chassis manufactured from October 9, 2012 through July 29, 2014. Approximately 149,512 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: The affected vehicles may have inadequate welds securing the front track bar frame brackets, which may result in the bracket components separating from the frame.
Concern: If the bracket components separate from the frame, the vehicle may be more difficult to steer and control, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin October 9, 2015. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.