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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Chrysler Corporation  Models:
Jeep Cherokee Years: 1990-1991
Jeep Wrangler Years: 1990-1991
Jeep Comanche Years: 1990-1991
Jeep Grand Cherokee Year: 1993
Eagle Premier Years: 1989-1991
Dodge Monaco Years: 1989-1991
Number Involved: 225,000
Dates of Manufacture: July 1989 - July 1991
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V005 Chrysler Campaign No. 747

Vehicle Description: Passenger and multi-purpose vehicles originally sold or currently registered in one of the following states: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Description of Defect: The front disc brake rotors can experience severe corrosion if operated for an extensive period in the "salt belt." If the rotors are not replaced, the corrosion can eventually compromise the structural integrity of the stamped steel center hub section of the rotor.

Consequence of Defect: The reduced strength can allow the cast iron wear surface to separate from the hub, reducing the brake effectiveness of the vehicle.

Corrective Action: Dealers will replace these rotors with rotors that are coated with a corrosion protection.

Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin during the first quarter of calendar year 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.