We were driving in Friday rush hour traffic on the interstate, and the tie rod broke on our 2007 Chrysler Aspen. It has about 54,000 miles on it. Thanks to some instinctive, veteran driver reactions, my husband was able to get the car from the inside lane to the shoulder. The left wheel was detached from the tie rod, and completely unresponsive to steering.
My question is, could there be a manufacturing defect in the tie rod assembly? It seemed strange that this failure would occur on a 5-year old car with a good maintenance record. Is this something that should be checked at 25,000 miles, 50,000 miles, etc., on a vehicle? This was terrifying.
How often do tie rods break? Is it rare, infrequent, occasional, or often?