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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Chrysler Corporation


Dodge Caravan Years: 1997
Dodge Grand Caravan Years: 1997
Plymouth Caravan Years: 1997
Plymouth Grand Caravan Years: 1997

Number Involved: 25,000
Dates of Manufacture: April - July 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V200 Chrysler Campaign No. 749 >Vehicle Description: Passenger minivans equipped with P215/65R15 Goodyear Conquest tires mounted on steel wheels.
Description of Defect: These tires were damaged when installed on the vehicle. This tire damage can cause a sudden air pressure loss without warning.
Consequence of Defect: Sudden tire failure could result in a loss of driver control of the vehicle.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the tires that were mounted on steel wheels.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during January 1998.
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.