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Dodge Recalls Vehicles Because of Risk of Rear Axle Lockup

February 28, 2013

While many types of products can be dangerous to consumers when they are defective, motor vehicle product defects are especially hazardous. Motor vehicles that function perfectly are still involved in many motor vehicle accidents, so a defect that increases the risk of a traffic collision must be addressed promptly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently announced a recall involving a number of Dodge pickup trucks. The pickups have a defect in the spline in the rear axle pinion that can become loose when the vehicle is moving. When the spline works its way loose, it may cause the rear axle to lockup and increase the likelihood of a collision.

This problem with certain models of Dodge pickups was discovered when consumers contacted the NHTSA to report incidents involving their rear axle locking up. When Dodge investigated the issue, it was determined that the pinion spline was too small which permitted it to jiggle loose particularly when the vehicle was moving at freeway speeds. The complaints have all involved vehicles traveling at speeds of 35 mph or greater. Four reports involved drivers that lost control of their vehicle when the axle froze, and one actually resulted in an accident.

The recall covers the following specific models:

  • Dodge Ram 1500 [Model Year 2009-2012]
  • Dodge Durango [Model Year 2009]
  • Chrysler Aspen [Model Year 2009]
  • Dodge Dakota [Model Year 2009-2011]

Dodge has announced that it will be contacting owners of the recalled vehicles and providing a replacement part. If owners do not receive such a notification, they should contact Chrysler Corporation at 1-800-247-9753.

If you are involved in a collision caused by a motor vehicle defect, the company that manufactured the vehicle may be liable for your injuries. The fact that a vehicle manufacturer recalls a motor vehicle when a defect is discovered, does not shield the company from liability for injuries caused by the product defect. Manufacturers of motor vehicles and other consumer products have a legal duty to design and manufacture their products so that they do not cause injury to consumers. If the manufacturer of a vehicle is aware of a defect but sells the vehicle anyway, the manufacturer may not only be liable for compensatory damages like medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, diminished quality of life and more, but also punitive damages.

If you are involved in a collision while driving a car, truck or SUV with a product defect, our experienced Georgia motor vehicle accident attorneys may be able to represent you in obtaining compensation. Montlick and Associates is available to provide effective legal representation to clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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