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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHTSA 05-98
March 29, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST OF FEBRUARY, 1999 RECALLS

Chrysler Corporation
Models:
Dodge Ram Years: 1995-1997

Number Involved: 263,000
Dates of Manufacture:  August 1994 - August 1997
Defect:  On certain van and wagon model vehicles, if water or road salt gets on the interior floor of the vehicle in the proximity of the air bag electronic control module (AECM), the AECM can corrode. The resulting corrosion can cause the driver side air bag to deploy inadvertently. Deployment of the air bag without warning could cause a driver to lose vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash and personal injury.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the AECM with an AECM that is sealed from moisture intrusion. Owner notification is expected to begin during March 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V023/Chrysler Recall No. 815]

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.