Chrysler recalling over 75,000 diesel Dodge Ram pickup trucks

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 15, 2010

Due to a brake related safety issue, Chrysler Group LLC is recalling over 75,000 diesel Dodge Ram pickup trucks. Chrysler has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the affected models are Dodge Ram diesel trucks that have a hydroboost brake system with a defective power steering reservoir cap.

The carmaker revealed that the recall covers 2010-2011 Dodge Ram trucks produced from March 2009 through October 2010 that have a diesel engine and a hydroboost brake system.

These vehicles may be equipped with a power steering reservoir cap with excessive vent pressure levels that may result in brake pedals that are slow to return.

As a result, there’s a possibility that rear brake lights would take longer to extinguish, raising the risk of a crash. Chrysler estimates that 1% of the vehicles have this defect. So far, Chrysler has received 175 reports.

Last October, Chrysler had replaced the power steering fluid reservoir cap in production at its Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico, with a new one that lowers vent pressure.

The fact that Chrysler became aware of these risks early in 2010 but only announced the recall now has made some industry observers wonder what had delayed the action. [via autonews - sub. required]

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