|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Monday, December 29 1997
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF NOVEMBER RECALLS
Number Involved: 599,000
Dates of Manufacture: July 1994 - July 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V201 Chrysler Campaign No. 750
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: The lower control arm ball joint can separate due to loss of
Consequence of Defect: Separation of the ball joint could cause a loss of steering
control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Corrective Action: Dealers will inspect the ball joint end housing cover seal for
leakage with a high pressure air tester and the rubber boot will be visually inspected for
damage. If the cover seal leaks or the boot is damaged, the lower control arm will be
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.