Massive Recall of Chrysler Ram Pickups Related to Steering Defect


September 27, 2011

A massive recall has been announced which applies to over 240,000 Chrysler Ram Pickups because of a defect that could result in a loss of directional stability.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has indicated that the problem is linked to a tie-rod fracture caused by a weakening of the ball stud if the vehicle has alignment issues. The NHTSA indicates that the defect could result in a loss of steering control because the tie rod can break causing the left wheel of the vehicle to move independently.

The vehicle manufacturer has indicated that the problem tends to manifest itself when the vehicle is being driven at low speeds while making a tight turn. There have been a number of car accidents related to the defect that were characterized as “minor” by the manufacturer. The current recall follows an earlier recall of 15,000 Ram Truck 4500 and 5500 models related to the same steering defect. The prior recall also was the result of similar consumer complaints.

While no serious injuries have been linked to this defect, many design and manufacturing defects can lead to serious car accidents. If a person is injured in an Atlanta car accident related to a manufacturing or design defect, the manufacturer or retailer may be liable under a strict liability or negligence theory for the product defect. Depending on the facts and seriousness of the case, an auto defect that causes a Georgia car accident may require expert testimony from an expert familiar with the design and manufacture of motor vehicles that can identify the defect and explain how the defect caused the car accident. It is also important to make sure that the car is not repaired or altered following the car crash.

Although most serious car accidents are caused by driver error, mechanical failures including those caused by auto defects play a role in a fair number of auto collisions. Mechanical failure plays a role in as many as 13 percent of car accidents. Steering defects can be responsible for mechanical failures that cause Atlanta car accidents. Other types of steering defects may include missing and broken parts that may lead to a steering malfunction. Defects in the power steering can also contribute to serious auto accidents.

If you or a close family member is involved in an Atlanta car wreck caused by an auto defect, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries or the loss of a loved one. Our Atlanta defective auto accident lawyers have been representing Georgia accident victims for over 27 years.

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