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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Chrysler Corporation

Models:

Dodge Ram Years: 1998


Number Involved: 3,500
Dates of Manufacture: November 1997 - March 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V076
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: These passenger vans and station wagons are equipped with the power seat option. The driver's side front seat attaching riser welds were not correct. The seat attachment strength would not be sufficient in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the driver's side power front seat riser with a riser that was MIG welded.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during June 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997.

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.