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January, 20 1999

1998 and 1999 Dodge Durangos and 1992-1995 Jeep® Cherokees Recalled

Auburn Hills, MI (SafetyAlerts) - DaimlerChrysler Corp. is voluntarily recalling 1998 and 1999 Dodge Durango and certain 1992-1995 Jeep® Cherokee and Grand Cherokee models because of potential wear issues on the straps used to support the fuel tank - and the rear brake tube.

The straps used to support the fuel tank on certain 1998-1999 Durangos will be replaced with redesigned straps.  Additionally the 1999 Durango also will be inspected for possible wear of the rear brake tube caused by contact with the vehicle underbody. The brake tube will be equipped with a rubber "isolator" device that separates the tube from the underbody.  There have been no customer complaints or accidents. The two Durango recalls affect about 162,000 vehicles.

The Jeep recall affects the brake rotors on certain 1992-1995 Cherokees and 1994-1995 Grand Cherokees sold or operated in 15 states in the northern U.S. "salt belt" and Canada.  Road salt may cause the brake rotors to corrode and crack. To correct the problem, service technicians will install replacement front brake rotors equipped with a stainless steel hub section. A total of 89 customers complained about separated or cracked rotors, but no accidents or injuries were reported. The recall affects approximately 490,000 vehicles.

The action, which expands an earlier recall involving Jeep vehicles from prior model years, is similar to recalls previously conducted by other manufacturers who used the same brake rotor technology. (All Jeep vehicles are now equipped with full cast brake rotors.)

Customers will be notified of the recalls by mail and the repairs will be made at no cost.

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

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