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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 service appointments.

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 (1-888-327-4236).