August 16, 1999
DaimlerChrysler Issues Two New Recalls and Expands a Previous
Recall on Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge Minivans
AUBURN HILLS, MI (SafetyAlerts) DaimlerChrysler Corporation announced today
two new recall actions affecting previous model Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Caravan,
Grand Caravan and Plymouth Voyager and Grand Voyager minivans.
One recall affects approximately
743,000, 1996 model minivans. Six reports of small fires caused by gas leaking from
the lock nut and gasket securing the fuel pump to the gas tank prompted this recall. No
injuries have been reported to the company. Chrysler will replace the lock nut and
gasket to owners free of charge.
In a separate action, the 1991 - 1993
model minivans have been recalled because the driver's side windshield wiper pivot drive
arm was not mechanically staked to the pivot shaft. This could allow the drive arm to
disengage from the shaft leading to a loss of wiper function. The driver's visibility
would be impaired, increasing the risk of a crash.
Although 1.4 million vehicles are
affected by this recall no accidents or injuries have been reported to DaimlerChrysler.
These windshield wipers will be fixed
free of charge by dealers and will also be inspected for potential problems with the bolts
that secure the lift-gate struts.
The problem with the lift-gate struts
is an expansion of an earlier recall on 1992 model minivans and affects 1991, 1993 and
1994 models. Chrysler has received a few reports of injuries when the strut has
become loose and separated from the vehicle.
Owner notification of these recalls
is scheduled for next month. Owners should call their local dealer to schedule
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. Also contact the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT