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NHTSA 12-98
March 11, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Chrysler Corporation
Models: Jeep Grand Cherokee Year: 1996
Number Involved: 65,000
Dates of Manufacture: July 1995 - July 1996
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V006 Chrysler Campaign No. 757

Vehicle Description: Multi-purpose vehicles equipped with "Quadra-Trac" transfer case, temporary spare tire, and 225/70/R16, 225/70/R16 or 245/70/R15 road tires.

Description of Defect: The front axle may overheat, when the temporary spare tire is in use.

Consequence of Defect: An overheated axle can force axle fluid out of the seals, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.

Corrective Action: A full size tire and wheel will be substituted for the temporary spare tire by the dealers.

Owner Notification: Owner notification began Feb. 2, 1998.

Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and 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.