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Recall 99V214000

Chrysler Recalls 1994-1995 Dodge Rams Due to Defective Front Suspension Shock Towers

Recall Details

Chrysler has recalled certain 1994-1995 Dodge Ram 1500/2500 models because the front suspension spring/shock towers can crack and eventually separate from the vehicle frame. This may damage the rear wheel brake lines and cause a loss of rear brake system pressure, which may increase stopping distance. Dealers will replace the tower on vehicles that show cracking. For others, a weld-on reinforcement will be added.

Suspension & Steering, March 20, 2000

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 20, 2000
NHTSA Action Number
PE99026
Potential Number of Units Affected
49,066
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
99V214000
Component
SUSPENSION:FRONT:SHOCK ABSORBER
Summary
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: LIGHT DUTY PICKUP TRUCKS. (2500 AND 3500 SERIES 4X4 REGULAR CAB PICKUP PRODUCED BEFORE MARCH 21,1995;2500 AND 3500 SERIES 4X4 CLUB CAB PICKUP PRODUCED BEFORE JUNE 8,1995; AND 3500 SERIES 4X2/4X4 CHASSIS CAB TRUCKS PRODUCED BEFORE JUNE 21, 1995). THE FRONT SUSPENSION SPRING/SHOCK TOWERS CAN CRACK AND EVENTUALLY SEPARATE FROM THE VEHICLE FRAME. THE SHOCK TOWER COULD DAMAGE THE REAR WHEEL BRAKE LINES RESULTING IN LOSS OF REAR BRAKE SYSTEM PRESSURE.
Consequence
THIS WOULD CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR INCREASED STOPPING DISTANCES.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE SPRING/SHOCK TOWER AND ANY VEHICLES EXHIBITING CRACKING WILL HAVE THE TOWER REPLACED. VEHICLES THAT ARE DO NOT SHOW ANY CRACKING WILL HAVE A WELD-ON REINFORCEMENT ADDED.
Notify
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 20, 2000. 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 1-800-992-1997. 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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