Chrysler Does not “Dodge” Defective Steering Problems

It has been a year since the first stirring sof trouble began to plague American auto maker Chrysler Group LLC when more than 800,000 Dodge Ram trucks 2003 to 2008 models were recalled because of defective steering systems. Since then the total has reached 1.2 million and counting.

The tie rods are pinpointed as the culprit in the system and Chrysler claims that of the recalled vehicles, about 116,000 of them may have this defect which results in an uncontrollable shaking dubbed the “Death Wobble” when the truck was driven in excess of 50 mph under certain circumstances. It is frightening and potentially dangerous, and truck owners have learned firsthand that getting it fixed can take months because of the unavailability of parts.

This is not the first time that Chrysler has had to contend with what they refer to as a “steering shimmy.” Two years ago, the problem came out in its Jeep brand of vehicles, where the term “Jeep Death Wobble” was first coined. Since they are not new to the block, they should have expected that some disgruntled customers would take legal action. And they did.

Chrysler is currently facing a class action lawsuit in the Central District of California (Shaun Sater et al. v. Chrysler Group LLC, Case No. 5:14-cv-00700) as well as numerous individual lawsuits. Chrysler had been known to produce reliable and sturdy vehicles, making it the brand of choice for farmers and ranchers that heavily depend on their vehicles. These recent issues have seriously compromised the popularity of Chrysler vehicles, especially the Dodge Ram. Currently, it could be rightly said that its slogan “Guts. Glory. RAM.” continues to be appropriate because it takes guts to drive a truck that wobbles at high speeds, and glory to those who survive.

If you own a defective vehicle, you have the right to get compensation for any injury or inconvenience it may have caused you. Contact a personal injury lawyer to understand more about product liability lawsuits.

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