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Recall: 1998-2000 Ram (1500): TRAILER HITCHES

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    [FONT=&quot]NHTSA #: [/FONT]63604/63605/63606
    [FONT=&quot] Make: DODGE
    Model: RAM
    Model Year: 1998-2000
    MFG Campaign #: 872

    Description: TRAILER HITCHES

    Manufacturer that filed defect/noncompliance report: DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION
    Begin Date of MFG: 1/1/1998
    End Date of MFG: 9/30/1999
    Vehicle, Equipment, or Tire report: V

    Number of units affected: 357,000
    Date owner notified by MFG: 4/24/2000

    Recall Initiator: MFG
    MFG's of Recalled Vehicles/Products: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC

    Defect Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH OPTIONAL TRAILER HITCH. THE TRAILER HITCH SIDE BRACKETS WERE MANUFACTURED USING MATERIAL WITH INSUFFICIENT STRENGTH.

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    [FONT=&quot]Consequence Summary:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] BRACKETS BUILT WITHOUT PROPER MATERIAL COULD FATIGUE AND FRACTURE IN THE AREA WHERE THE TRAILER HITCH MOUNTS TO THE FRAME.

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    [FONT=&quot]Corrective Summary: [/FONT][FONT=&quot]DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE TRAILER HITCHES AND REPLACE ANY TRAILER HITCH SHOWING SIGNS OF FATIGUE CRACKING. IF NO EVIDENCE OF CRACKING EXISTS, THE DEALER WILL INSTALL TWO REINFORCEMENT BRACKETS.

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    [FONT=&quot]Recall Notes:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN APRIL 24, 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 DAIMLERCHRYSLER 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).[/FONT]
     

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