NHTSA Investigating Dodge Dakota and DurangoNov 1, 2005 | www.consumeraffairs.com
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating almost 500,000 Dodge Durango SUVs and Dodge Dakota pickup trucks because of a possible loss in steering control.
NHTSA reports that the agency has received several reports of loose steering shafts and separation because of loose or missing coupling bolts in the vehicles.
NHTSA said there have been no reports of crashes or injuries but ConsumerAffairs.com has received several reports of accidents caused by steering problems.
The preliminary investigation will involve more than 467,000 vehicles, including the 2004-05 models of the Durango and the 2005 model of the Dakota.
There have been no crashes or injuries linked to the steering problem, according to NHTSA and DaimlerChrysler AG is cooperating with the investigation.