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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 Ram Van Year: 1998

Number Involved: 30,400
Dates of Manufacture:  November 1997 - June 1998
Defect:  On certain vans and vans used for conversion, if a heavy object strikes the metal casing of the air bag electronic control module (AECM) located under the driver's seat, the module could inadvertently deploy the air bags. Unexpected air bag deployment can result in occupant injury.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the AECM with a module that incorporates revised hardware and software on all affected vehicles. Owner notification began Feb. 15, 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V002/Chrysler Recall No. 816]

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.