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NHTSA 05-98
Monday, December 29 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Chrysler Corporation


Jeep Cherokee Years: 1997
Jeep Grand Cherokee Years: 1997

Number Involved: 46,000
Dates of Manufacture: September - November 1996
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V194 Chrysler Campaign No. 755
Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: The fuel level sending unit degrades over time, causing the fuel gauge to indicate significantly more fuel in the fuel tank than is actually present.
Consequence of Defect: Owners may not be aware that their vehicle is low on fuel, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash if the vehicle engine stops from lack of fuel.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the fuel level sending unit.
Owner Notification: Not yet available.
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.