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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: 30,000

Dates of Manufacture: December 1997 - May 1998

Defect: On certain pickup trucks equipped with 5.9-liter, 24-valve diesel engines, an intermittent high engine idle condition can occur due to a malfunction of the vehicle speed sensor. This creates a signal which is misinterpreted by the engine control software, causing a high idle speed condition, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the engine controller software to correct erroneous speed sensor signals. Owner notification was to begin during October 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997.

[NHTSA Recall No.98V209/Chrysler Recall No. 799]

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.