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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Chrysler Corporation


Chrysler Cirrus Years: 1995-1998
Dodge Stratus Years: 1995-1998
Plymouth Breeze Years: 1996-1998
Chrysler Sebring Years: 1996-1998

Number Involved: 685,000
Dates of Manufacture: July 1994 - January 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V183
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: Passenger vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. If the cable connecting the console shifter mechanism to the ignition key is improperly adjusted and the operator applies pressure to the release button on the console shifter to shift out of Park with the key in the locked position, the connecting pin in the shifter can break. If this happens, the "ignition-park" interlock system will be nonfunctional, and the vehicle can roll away if the parking brake is not set.
Remedy: Dealers will test and inspect for proper operation of the system. Any vehicles that are not functional after the inspection will have the shift mechanism and cable replaced with a "self-adjusting" design.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during December 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.