|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Tuesday, December 2, 1997
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF OCTOBER RECALLS
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.