DETROIT (AP) -- Chrysler is recalling thousands of Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota trucks because of a problem with a rear axle pinion nut that could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall affects 44,300 trucks.
Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota trucks manufactured from July 1 to Nov. 30, 2009.
The federal agency said that a lack of adhesive may cause the rear axle pinion nut to loosen. If that occurs, the axle could lock up and the driver could lose control of the vehicle. Government and company officials said there have been 15 reports of rear axle failure, including four that resulted in loss of vehicle control. In one instance, a driver's truck crashed into a concrete barrier. There have been three minor injuries.
Chrysler Group LLC will notify owners of the recall beginning next month. Dealers will install a retainer to secure the pinion nut free of charge.