Chrysler recalls ’09-10 Ram 1500 & Dakota pickups over axle pinion failure

Chrysler has now issued a recall for the 2009 & 2010 Dodge Ram 1500, as well as the Dodge Dakota pickup trucks due to a faulty installation of the rear axle pinion nut. As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 44,300 trucks are affected by this recall and there have been 12 confirmed incidents, including one crash. The issue on the trucks is due to a lack of thread adhesive and it is causing the rear axle to lock up which can result in loss of vehicle control. In one complaint, the drive shaft separated from the rear axle and punctured the gas tank.

Chrysler will start sending out recall notices to affected owners in November, below is the official NHTSA notice.

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DODGE / DAKOTA 2009-2010
DODGE / RAM 1500 2009-2010


Report Receipt Date: SEP 28, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V474000

NHTSA Action Number: PE12021


Potential Number of Units Affected: 44,300

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2009-2010, Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota trucks, manufactured from July 1, 2009, through November 30, 2009, because a rear axle pinion nut may loosen due to a lack of adhesive.

If the rear axle pinion nut loosens, the axle can lock up and cause a loss of vehicle control and/or a vehicle crash with little warning.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a pinion nut retainer, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2012. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

Chrysler’s recall campaign number is M34. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to