September 8, 2006

Chrysler Group announces voluntary recall on Dodge Ram and Durango models

Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Chrysler Group will voluntarily recall an estimated 145,099 model year 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 light-duty pickup trucks to replace the passenger airbag pack and reprogram the airbag’s computer. The passenger airbag may not be compatible with a limited number of rear-facing child seat models if the passenger seat is in the full forward position and an airbag deployment occurs.

The company will also replace the front passenger seat belt assembly in the same vehicles, along with an additional 15,151 units from the same year; the front belt assembly may not allow the owner to properly secure a limited number of child restraint systems. There are no reports of injuries relating to either recall. Owners will be notified when an adequate supply of replacement parts is available.

In a separate action, the company will voluntarily recall an estimated 35,103 model year 2001-2003 Dodge Durango vehicles to inspect the console wiring connector for corrosion or contamination, clean as necessary, and cap the connector. The affected vehicles are equipped with a 40/20/40 front bench seat. In these vehicles, if liquid is spilled from the cupholder onto the console wiring connector, it could result in a high resistance short circuit with the potential for fires. The company is aware of a total of 16 vehicles with reports that may be related to the condition, although there have been no reports of accidents or injuries. Owners will be notified of the safety action beginning in October 2006.

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