Recent Dodge Recalls
The realities of a recall notice are that, while many may overlook, cast aside and view them as a burden, they’re designed to protect drivers from known automobile manufacturer faults and can mitigate the risk of injury for drivers and passengers alike. Sure, finding the time to take your vehicle into the dealership and have the issue taken care of can seem like a hassle, but it’s time well spent to ensure the safety of your vehicle and your family.
How exactly does a recall even work? When a vehicle is brought into the dealership with a faulty piece of equipment with issues beyond normal wear and tear, dealerships record these issues in their log. Manufacturers track these problems to spot patterns across vehicle makes and models. When something appears abnormal, they investigate extremely detailed manufacturing logs to identify when and where the problem may have stemmed from. Once they determine precisely what vehicles are affected and how to resolve the faulty equipment, they issue a recall to owners of vehicles from the specified time period and typically send notice by mail to affected customers.
Manufacturers will typically resolve recall issues free of charge, but they’re not always able to reach out to customers, particularly when the customer is not the original owner of the vehicle. This places a premium on vehicle owners to stay as up to date as possible on pending recalls and have their vehicle serviced immediately. Manufacturer websites will often post recalls direct on their page, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration frequently posts recall information as well; all you need is your VIN to track pertinent info related to your vehicle.
If you’re the owner of a Dodge truck, car or SUV, some recent recalls to consider for your utmost safety include:
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Announces Recall for 2018-2019 Dodge Ram Trucks
The company announced in September 2018 that upwards of 4,200 Dodge Ram 1,500 trucks may have left their manufacturing plants with an insufficient level of rear axle fluid. Dodge dealerships have been informed of the recall and mechanics have been instructed to measure the level of fluid in the rear axle and, if inadequate, replace the entire rear axle assembly at no cost to the vehicle owner.
Dodge & FCA claimed that upon investigating 11 warranty claims filed the previous month from Ram 1500 owners, they became aware of the issue. Of the nearly 4,200 Dodge Rams being recalled, it is expected that less than fifty will require a full rear axle reassembly.
FCA Recalls Over 154,000 Dodge & Jeep Vehicles Over Brake Issue
2018 Dodge Journey’s manufactured between April 12 and June 14, as well as 2018-2019 Dodge Grand Caravan’s manufactured between April 11 and June 14 are being recalled. An issue related to the rear brake-caliper pistons could lead to reduced performance and cause a potential safety problem with the vehicle. To correct the issue, dealers will drain and refill the brake fluid system at no charge to customers.
If you’re a recent Dodge vehicle owner, why risk these types of problems with your new vehicle? Stay current on recalls and stay on the road!