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Apil 12, 2001

860,000 Dodge Ram Automobiles Recalled

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published three recalls affecting certain 1994-2000 Dodge Ram automobiles. 860,000 automobiles are affected by these three recalls.

On certain 1994-1996 Dodge Ram automobiles, manufactured between July 1993 and  July 1996, equipped with diesel engines, the throttle cable could unravel (fray) or break, resulting in a loss of throttle control.

Dealers will inspect and replace the throttle cable and upper bell crank lever. The manufacturer has not yet provided NHTSA with an owner notification schedule for this campaign.
[NHTSA Recall No. 01V037/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. 970]

On certain 1994-1999 Dodge Ram automobiles, manufactured between July 1993 and March 1999, registered or located in states in the *salt belt area, corrosion of the return spring on the hood secondary latch could cause the mechanism to bind in the release position. If the primary latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly.

*(Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri),

Dealers will replace the secondary hood latch. The manufacturer has not yet provided NHTSA with an owner notification schedule for this campaign.
[NHTSA Recall No. 01V040/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. 973]

Certain 2000 Dodge Ram automobiles, manufactured between July and September 1999, are equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) that may have inadequate clearance between the front tire/wheel and the brake hose/ABS sensor wire assembly.

During full lock turns, it is possible for the tire or wheel to contact the brake hose/ABS sensor wire assembly. Continued contact can result in wire damage and/or a hole in the brake line and reduced braking effectiveness.

Dealers will replace the front brake hose assemblies, and the ABS sensor wire will be inspected and replaced if necessary.

The manufacturer has reported that owner notification for this campaign was expected to begin during March 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
[NHTSA Recall No. 01V038/DaimlerChrysler Recall No. 971]

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA 
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

How many did you hear about?

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The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.