Chrysler Group announced today that it’s recalling 361,819 vehicles over concerns of rear axle fasteners that loosen over time. This recall builds on a previous one that was issued to repair certain light-duty truck axles, and adds vehicles that weren’t included in the original recall. In all, certain 2009 Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspens, 2009 to 2011 Dodge Dakota pickups, and 2009-2012 Ram 1500 pickups are affected by this recall.
The problem focuses on select rear axles that were assembled with a fastener that loosens over time, and as a result, can fail. Chrysler will straighten this recall out by installing a retainer which holds the fastener in place. This repair will be done at no additional cost to the owner at a local Chrysler Group dealership. As far as Chrysler Group knows, there haven’t been any injuries that correlate with this recall. The Auburn-based automaker plans to alert owners affected by this recall directly.
The Chrysler Aspen was short-lived, only being produced from 2006 to 2008, for the 2007 to 2009 model year. Based on the Dodge Durango, the Aspen managed to sell 57,068 units from 2007 to 2010. In late 2008, Chrysler no longer saw the need to produce two full-size SUVs and with the Dodge Durango already heavily entrenched in the market, the Aspen got the axe; the Dodge Dakota pickup followed it a few years later. Unlike the Aspen, however, the Dakota sold over 1 million units in over 12 years of production. The Dodge Durango continues to live on in Dodge’s stable, but it no longer bears a mechanical resemblance to its predecessor; a revamped model is expected out for the 2014 model year.
Source: Chrysler Group