|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Tuesday, December 2, 1997
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF OCTOBER RECALLS
|Dodge Dakota Truck
Number Involved: 7,500
Dates of Manufacture: July - August 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V170 Chrysler Campaign No. 746
Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks (2-wheel drive only).
Description of Defect: The front brake hoses or anti-lock brake system (ABS) sensor
wire may be abraded at the front wheels by contact with a front wheel-house splash shield.
Consequence of Defect: Prolonged brake hose contact can cause a partial loss of the
braking system. Prolonged ABS sensor wire contact can cause a loss of ABS function.
Corrective Action: Dealers will trim the front wheel-house splash shields and the
brake hoses, and ABS sensor wires will be inspected. If evidence of abrasion is found,
they will be replaced.
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.