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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHTSA 05-98
March 15, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST OF JANUARY, 1999 RECALLS

Chrysler Corporation
Models:

Dodge NeonYear: 1998
Plymouth NeonYear: 1998

Number Involved: 3,600
Dates of Manufacture:  May 1998
Defect:  The rear suspension crossmember may be missing spot welds. This can result in structural cracks in the body, and reduced crash protection in a rear impact.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the vehicles for any missing welds, and will have structural rivets installed in place of the missing welds. Owner notification began Feb. 2, 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997.

NHTSA Recall No. 99V001/Chrysler Recall No. 796]

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.