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Dodge Ram 1500 Recall 03V078000

Chrysler Recalls 2002 Dodge Rams Due to HVAC Blower Motor Problem

Recall Details

Chrysler has recalled certain 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 models because the electrical connector at the bottom of the steering column contains an under-sized terminal for the HVAC blower motor circuit. The resulting heat can cause the terminal contacts to relax and lose electrical contact, which can cause the HVAC blower motor to stop working. This can impair visibility in inclement weather, which increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will install a wiring harness overlay.

Suspension & Steering, April 10, 2003

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
April 10, 2003
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
287,725
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
03V078000
Component
STEERING:COLUMN

Summary
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS, THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STEERING COLUMN CONTAINS AN UNDER-SIZED TERMINAL FOR THE HVAC BLOWER MOTOR CIRCUIT. LOCALIZED HEATING FROM CURRENT FLOW WITH THE BLOWER SPEED SET ON HIGH MAY CAUSE THE TERMINAL CONTACTS TO RELAX AND LOSE ELECTRICAL CONTACT. THIS CAN CAUSE THE HVAC BLOWER MOTOR TO BECOME INOPERATIVE.
Consequence
THIS CONDITION COULD CAUSE IMPAIRMENT OF VISIBILITY IN INCLEMENT WEATHER, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A WIRING HARNESS OVERLAY TO CORRECT THIS CONDITION. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN APRIL 15, 2003. 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 DAIMLER CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
Notes
DAIMLER CHRYSLER RECALL NO. C11.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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