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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Chrysler Corporation


Dodge Ram Truck Years: 1994-1996

Number Involved: 497,000
Dates of Manufacture: July 1994 - December 1995
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V199 Chrysler Campaign No. 748
Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks equipped with gasoline engines.
Description of Defect: A valve on the fuel tank can allow liquid fuel to leak onto the ground under certain vehicle operating conditions.
Consequence of Defect: Fuel leakage could result in a fire if an ignition source was present.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the fuel tank valve.
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.