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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 05-98
Wednesday, February 4, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF DECEMBER RECALLS

Chrysler Corporation

Models:

Dodge Caravan Years: 1998
Dodge Grand Caravan Years: 1998
Plymouth Voyager Years: 1998
Plymouth Grand Voyager Years: 1998
Chrysler Town & Country Years: 1998

Number Involved: 25,900
Dates of Manufacture: November 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V231 Chrysler Campaign No. 762
Vehicle Description: Passenger minivans equipped with integrated child seats.
Description of Defect: The shoulder harness restraint webbing was incorrectly routed around the metal reinforcement bar on these seats.
Consequence of Defect: The shoulder harness can fail to properly restrain the child seat occupant in the event of a crash.
Corrective Action: Dealers will inspect the routing of the shoulder belt webbing and any found incorrect will be properly rerouted.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was 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.