Ram, Volkswagen recall vehicles

Ram pickups


DETROIT — Chrysler is recalling about 1.2 million Ram trucks to fix front-end problems that could lead to steering troubles.

The company wants to inspect the trucks and says only 453,000 will likely need repairs.

Chrysler said Friday in a statement that it knows of six crashes and two injuries involving the 2008 to 2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks that are being recalled, and one crash with no injuries from the other recalled models.

The trucks are being recalled because tie-rod ends in the steering system might have been installed improperly. Those tie-rods could be out of alignment, which can lead to steering failures.

There are three recalls. The first covers 842,400 trucks from 2003 through 2008. Chrysler says 116,000 were repaired. The other two involve trucks with tie-rod assemblies that were replaced in previous recalls. They cover 294,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from the 2008 through 2012 model years, and 2008 Ram 1500 four-by-four mega cabs. Also included are 43,000 Ram 4500 and 5500 four-by-four chassis cabs from 2008 through 2012.

Customers will be notified by letter in December, the company said. Owners with questions can call (800) 853-1403.

Volkswagen Tiguan

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are investigating thousands of Volkswagen SUVs because the headlamps and other outside lights can fail with little warning.

The probe, announced Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, affects an estimated 61,000 VW Tiguans from 2009 through 2011.

The agency said the problem hasn’t caused any fires, crashes or injuries. Investigators will determine if it’s bad enough to prompt a recall. Volkswagen said it will comply with the investigation.



Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:23

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