Recalled Dodge trucks fill lots
Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks can't be sold until dealers get replacement parts.
David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- Chrysler Group dealers, trying to clear out their lots of 2006 models, can't sell any 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks until the company can get replacement parts to fix the recalled vehicles.
Chrysler Group spokesman Mike Aberlich said it is illegal to sell any recalled vehicles until they are fixed.
"It would be irresponsible to sell a recalled vehicle that wasn't fixed," Aberlich said.
On Sept. 6, Chrysler recalled all of its 184,000 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups worldwide to replace the front passenger seat belt assembly.
About 15,000 pickups recalled will also have their front belt assembly adjusted to properly secure child restraint systems.
About 24,000 recalled pickups will have passenger airbag packs replaced and reprogrammed because they may not be compatible with some rear-facing child restraint systems. The company's suppliers are speeding up production of the replacement parts and the company hopes to get vehicles on the lots fixed in the next few weeks, Aberlich said. These are normal procedures when a current model is recalled, he said.
Aberlich said the company notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of its recalls.
There are no reports of injuries connected to either recall.
Ken Zangara, who owns Zangara Dodge in Albuquerque, N.M., the largest Dodge dealer in the state, said he had about 60 2006 Dodge Rams on the lot and has fixed two or three of them.
"It hasn't cost me a sale," Zangara said. "They are getting us the parts as they make them."
Chrysler has had more recalls than any other automaker in 2006, issuing nearly 20 notices and calling back more than 1.5 million vehicles, including 826,000 Jeep Liberty models built between model year 2002 and 2006 in August for loose ball joints.
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