NHTSA Launches Defect Investigation into Certain Dodge Ram 1500 Trucks
Model year 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks are the subject of a new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defect investigation that affects an estimated 260,000 vehicles.
The NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 15 consumer complaints alleging that the rear differential on the Ram pickups in question locked up, or that the driveshaft separated at the rear connection to the differential.
The reports indicate that there was little or no noise or other warning prior to the lock-up and/or separation. Seven reported incidents occurred at speeds of 50 mph or greater and two complaints allege that the rear axle lockup caused the truck to go into a spin.
ODI has opened a Preliminary Evaluation (PE) to assess the scope, frequency and potential safety-related consequences of this alleged defect.
This investigation could eventually lead to a safety recall of all affected Dodge Ram 1500 trucks.