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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 80-98
September, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Chrysler Corporation

Models: Dodge Ram Truck Year: 1998

Number Involved: 25,014

Dates of Manufacture: December 1997 - April 1998

Defect: On certain pickup trucks equipped with 5.9-liter, 24-valve diesel engines, the low pressure diesel fuel supply tube located in the engine compartment between the filter and the high pressure pump can fracture. This condition can allow fuel to leak. In the presence of an ignition source, fuel leakage can result in a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the low pressure diesel fuel supply tube. Owner notification began Sept. 14, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997.

[NHTSA Recall No.98V207/Chrysler Recall No. 788]

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.