In the final days of 2010, Chrysler is announcing three vehicle recall campaigns, adding the total number of vehicle recalls for 2010 to 1.6 million vehicles.
Nearly 144,000 vehicles are affected by the latest recall, including the 2009 Dodge Journey, 2011 Ram 1500 and 2008-2011 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 trucks, according to news reports.
The automaker is recalling 65,18 2009 Dodge Journeys because of a front door harness that may break and cause the airbag sensor to default and not inflate in the event of a car accident. There have already been 23 reports of the air bag warning lights warning consumers about the problem.
Approximately 56,611 2011 Ram 1500 trucks are being recalled because of a faulty rear axle bearing that could break and cause the vehicle to stall or crash. Twenty people have reported noise or bearing failure, but no injuries have been reported.
Chrysler is also recalling 22,274 2008-2011 Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 trucks because of a weakening or cracking tire rod part that could cause drivers to loose the ability to steer.
As a Seattle car accident attorney, I’m glad to hear that none of the problems have resulted in any injuries. 2010 has been a poor year for auto safety, and not just for Chrysler. Automakers have recalled more than 19 million vehicles in 2010 – the most in a year since 2004, when they recalled a record 30.8 million vehicles, according to news reports. I hope automakers can make 2011 safer. If you have been injured by a vehicle recall contact a car accident attorney in Seattle.