PUBLISHES LIST OF JANUARY, 1999 RECALLS
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
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.