The phrase "death wobble" was originally used by Jeep Wrangler owners to describe a similar vibration problem.
Dodge Ram Trucks with Death Wobble Problems
|Dodge||RAM 1500||2006, 2007, 2008|
|Dodge||RAM 2500||2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|Dodge||RAM 3500||2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
A Class Action Lawsuit
Richard Samuel, owner of a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500, has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Dodge trucks of wobbling out of control at highway speeds. The lawsuit makes a few arguments about the driver's tie-rod:
- The ball stud is defective. The driver's side tie-rod ball stud Chrysler used is too weak to and is known to fracture under normal driving conditions.
- The tie rod is a "crucial link" in the vehicle's steering system. A loose tie rod can cause any vehicle to have excess shimmy or, in cases like this, the dreaded death wobble.
- The tie rod can affect front-end alignment. When the vehicle's alignment falls out of whack, it can cause the vehicle to suddenly pull to one side of the road. Knowing Dodge Ram owner's luck, that's probably the side of the road with all the bumps.
The lawsuit alleges that Chrysler has known about the defect for years, but did nothing about for years when they started issuing some recalls. Great, right? Well the lawsuit says the recalls were not only ineffective at fixing the issue, they also excluded trucks that had the problem.
The lawsuit also says Chrysler didn't provide enough parts to dealers to fix the recalled trucks but that didn't matter since the replacement parts were defective anyway.
Chrysler Redesigned Their Steering System in 2013
It's important to note that beginning in the 2013 model year, Chrysler redesigned its trucks (and changed the brand name to just Ram) with a new reciprocating ball steering gear that provides greater durability and control. The trucks also have better steering knuckles, ball joints and more robust linkages. Did I mention they haven't had any death wobble issues? Hmm.
What Owners Are Saying
"While driving at about 60 mph, I hit a minor bump in the roadway and the truck started shaking violently. The only way it stopped was I had to reduce my speed to 30 mph, the problem was I was in the express lane, I was in front of a semi truck with a full load, and I had my 4 year old daughter with me. It was a very scary and dangerous situation." - 2007 Dodge Ram owner / Chicago, Illinois
"I just had the recall repair completed on the Tie Rod and on my way home, pulling a 14' trailer, I hit a medium bump in the road, speed was 55 mph in a construction zone, the truck started shaking badly, steering wheel shaking side to side, I had to put on flashers and drop speed to 30 mph to regain control of steering ... I think this problem should be investigated as some one is going to get killed by this happening to them." - 2007 Dodge Ram owner / Bridgeport, Ohio
Actions You Can Take
This step is crucial, don't just complain on forums! The sites below will actively manage your complaints and turn them into useful statistics. Both CarComplaints.com and the CAS will report dangerous trends to the authorities and are often called upon by law firms for help with Class Action lawsuits. Make sure to file your complaint on all three sites, we can't stress that enough.
Step 1: File Your Complaint at CarComplaints.com
CarComplaints.com is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases. Add a Complaint
Step 2: Notify the Center for Auto Safety
The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits. Notify the CAS
Step 3: Report a Safety Concern to NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues. Report to NHTSA