Ford, Chrysler recall 165,000 vehicles

Associated Press / December 31, 2010

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WASHINGTON — Chrysler recalled about 150,000 trucks and SUVs yesterday to address steering, air bag, and potential stalling problems, while Ford recalled nearly 15,000 trucks and crossovers because of electrical issues.

Chrysler Group said it was conducting three recalls. The first covers about 22,000 Dodge Ram trucks from the 2008-2011 model years with steering problems. The second involves 65,000 2009 model year Dodge Journey SUVs to fix side air bags that might not deploy. The last includes about 57,000 Ram 1500 trucks from the 2011 model year; components in rear axles could cause the trucks to stall.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling some 2011 model year Ford F150, F250, F350, F450, and F550 pickup trucks and 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers to address potential electrical shorts that could lead to fires.

Chrysler’s recalls are expected to begin in February. Ford’s should begin by Jan. 10.

Chrysler owners can call 800-853-1403. Ford owners can call 866-436-7332.