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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Chrysler Corporation


Chrysler Cirrus Years: 1995-1997
Chrysler Sebring Years: 1995-1997
Dodge Stratus Years: 1995-1997
Plymouth Breeze Years: 1995-1997

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 lubrication.
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 replaced.
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.