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Recall 92V016000

Owner's Manual Door Lock Operation Information In Error

Recall Details

The inside door handle will open locked doors. The owners manual is printed in error, indicating that a locked door will not open until the lock knob is opened first. Chrysler notified and corrected owners manuals in 1992 to resolve this concern.

Our Quick Take

The information in the owners manual regarding door handle and lock function from the inside of the vehicle is in error, stating that the door cannot be opened when locked by only using the latch handle. Instead, door will unlock and open when using the door handle alone from the inside. Confusion from this error could lead to a door being opened inadvertently, and result in injury.

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your Chrysler or Dodge must be performed by a Chrysler affiliated dealership. Chrysler notified owners of affected vehicles in 1992. If you did not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Chrysler affiliated dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Body, Interior & Misc., February 11, 1992

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
February 11, 1992
NHTSA Action Number
PE91141
Potential Number of Units Affected
57,000
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
92V016000
Component
STRUCTURE
Summary
THE OWNER'S MANUAL INCORRECTLY STATES THAT THE FRONT PASSENGER DOOR CANNOT BE OPENED FROM THE INSIDE IF THE DOOR IS LOCKED UNTIL THE LOCK CONTROL HANDLE HAS BEEN PULLED UP. ON THESE VEHICLES, THE FRONT PASSENGER DOOR CAN BE OPENED BY THE INSIDE DOOR HANDLE EVEN IF THE DOOR IS LOCKED.
Consequence
THE ERROR IN THE OWNER'S MANUAL MAY LEAD A FRONT SEATPASSENGER TO MISTAKENLY OPEN THE CAR DOOR WHILE THE VEHICLE IS IN MOTION,BELIEVING THE INSIDE DOOR HANDLE WOULD NOT OPEN IF THE DOOR WAS LOCKED. THISCOULD RESULT IN AN INJURY TO THE FRONT SEAT PASSENGER.
Remedy
NOTIFY THE VEHICLE OWNERS OF THE ERROR IN THE OWNER'S MANUAL AND INFORM THEM OF THE ACTUAL OPERATION OF THE FRONT DOOR LOCK SYSTEM.
Notify
SYSTEM: DOOR ASSEMBLY.VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER CARS; SEDANS, COUPES AND CONVERTIBLES.
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