Chrysler Wants Dodge Ram Tie-Rod Lawsuit Dismissed

Chrysler says lawsuit should be tossed because tie rods were repaired during recall.

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— Chrysler isn't too happy about a class-action Dodge Ram tie-rod lawsuit and wants the suit dismissed. The tie-rod lawsuit was filed earlier this year accusing Chrysler of manufacturing defective tie rods in numerous models of trucks.

The plaintiffs allege the 2008-2012 Dodge Ram 2500, Ram 3500, Chassis Cab 4x2, Ram 4500 and Ram 5500 have tie-rod ball studs that can fracture and cause a loss of steering.

In November 2013, Chrysler recalled 1.2 million trucks over the same problems and said six accidents and two injuries occurred when the tie rods fractured.

That recall is one reason Chrysler wants the lawsuit dismissed, saying the lawsuit is unnecessary because the trucks were fixed in previous tie-rod recalls. The plaintiffs, on the other hand, argue Chrysler didn't have the parts available and any repairs had to be paid for by the owners.

Chrysler further says the lawsuit should be dismissed because the tie-rod problems occurred beyond the warranty period, which is three-years or 36,000 miles.

Additionally, the automaker says some of the plaintiffs don't have a case because they filed the lawsuit more than four years after they purchased the trucks. The motion to dismiss says that is beyond the statute of limitations.

The Dodge Ram tie-rod lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California - Shaun Sater, et al. v. Chrysler Group LLC.