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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Chrysler Corporation

Models:

Dodge Ram Truck Years: 1998


Number Involved: 8,144
Dates of Manufacture: August 1997 - February 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V182
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: Light duty trucks equipped with either a 8.0-liter V-10 engine or a 5.9-liter V-8 heavy duty gasoline engine. An exhaust system heat shield attaching screw is too close to the underbody fuel line. The line can rub against the screw, possibly causing fuel leakage. In the presence of an ignition source, fuel leakage can result in a fire.
Remedy: Dealers will remove the underbody heat shield attaching screw and replace it with rubber adhesive. The chassis fuel line will be inspected for signs of wear and any tubes indicating wear will be replaced.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Aug. 17, 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.