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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 05-98
Tuesday, December 2, 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF OCTOBER RECALLS

Chrysler Corporation

Models:

Dodge Neon Year: 1995
Plymouth Neon Year: 1995

Number Involved: 375,000
Dates of Manufacture: January 1994 - August 1995
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V169 Chrysler Campaign No. 741
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: The steering column coupler can become disconnected when the vehicle sustains an underbody impact.
Consequence of Defect: Loss of steering control can occur.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the steering column coupler with a coupler design that collapses on impact.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin during November 1997.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.