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Dodge Ram 1500 Recall 97V126000

Chrysler Recalls 1997 Dodge Rams Due to Possible Exhaust System Fire

Recall Details

Chrysler has recalled certain 1997 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models equipped with Diesel engines because the exhaust pipe may contact or be in close proximity to the outer dash panel silencer pad. If the pipe gets too hot, the pad material may smolder and ignite adjacent materials, which could result in a fire. Dealers will remove the dash silencer pad adjacent to the exhaust pipe and replace it with a thermal heat shield on the exhaust pipe.

Body, Interior & Misc., September 25, 1997

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
September 25, 1997
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
6,400
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
97V126000
Component
UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Summary
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: LIGHT DUTY TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH DIESEL ENGINES. THE EXHAUST PIPE CONTACTS OR IS IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE OUTER DASH PANEL SILENCER PAD.
Consequence
IF THE EXHAUST PIPE GENERATES SUFFICIENT HEAT, THE PAD MATERIAL CAN SMOLDER AND IGNITE ADJACENT MATERIALS RESULTING IN A VEHICLE FIRE.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE DASH SILENCER PAD ADJACENT TO THE EXHAUST PIPE AND REPLACE THIS PAD WITH A THERMAL HEAT SHIELD ON THE EXHAUST PIPE.
Notes
NOTE:OWNER NOTIFICATION WILL BEGIN BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER 1997. 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 1-800-853-1403. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-800-424-9393.
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