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Chrysler recalls 1.2M trucks for front-end steering problems

New Jersey Chrysler owners may be interested to learn that the company has recalled 1.2 million Ram pickups. According to the report on Nov. 9, Chrysler stated that the trucks are being recalled due to six crashes that resulted in two injuries.

The recall was issued due to improperly installed tie-rod ends in the steering system. Chrysler believes that the improper installation resulted from their technicians failing to understand the instructions. The car company stated that if the tie-rods were out of alignment, it could lead to steering failures. The company estimated that only 453,000 of the 1.2 million trucks recalled will actually need repairs in order to fix these front-end problems.

Chrysler issued three recalls. These include 842,400 Ram 2500 and 3500 models from 2003 to 2008; 294,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from 2008 to 2012; and 2008 Ram 1500 four-by-four Mega Cabs.

When drivers purchase a vehicle, they expect it to function properly and keep them safe. However, malfunctions in the vehicle could cause car accidents, and those who are injured in the wreck may try to put the driver at fault.

If it can be proven that a malfunction with the vehicle was the cause of the accident, those who are injured may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the car company. The claim may have a higher chance of success if it can be proven that the manufacturer was aware of the defect but made no significant effort to address the problem or if the manufacturer has a long record of such problems. In this type of lawsuit, injured individuals may seek monetary compensation for damages. The compensation could help to cover medical bills, pain and suffering, and even property damage.

Source: USA Today, "Chrysler recalls 1.2 million Ram pickups", November 09, 2013

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