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


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Chrysler Corporation
Models: Dodge Durango Truck Years: 1998
Number Involved: 37,900
Dates of Manufacture: September 1997 - January 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V019 Chrysler Campaign No. 768

Vehicle Description: Light duty pickup trucks.

Description of Defect: The fastener which secures the generator cable to the power distribution center has an insufficient clamp load, resulting in a loose connection and electrical arcing at the connection.

Consequence of Defect: This condition could cause a fire in the engine compartment.

Corrective Action: Dealers will re-tighten the generator cable and battery cable fasteners to the proper torque specifications.

Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin by March 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.