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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Chrysler Corporation


Chrysler Town & Country Years: 1996-1997
Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan Years: 1996-1997
Plymouth Voyager/Grand Voyager Years: 1996-1997

Number Involved: 157,000
Dates of Manufacture: January 1995 - July 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V185
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: Minivans equipped with integrated child seats. The shoulder harness restraint on the integrated child seat can become difficult to release when the safety belt latch plate becomes contaminated. This can cause difficulty in removing a child from the restraint.
Remedy: Dealers will clean the latch mechanism. An extender will be added to the emergency release anchor for the child seat safety belts so that the release clips are more visible and accessible to the operator in the event that the retractor mechanism can not be unlocked. In addition, an instructional owner's manual supplement card will be provided.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during November 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.