March 17, 2004

DaimlerChrysler recalls 2,315,768 cars

Washington, D.C. – Among the recalls announced by the National Highway Safety Administration yesterday, DaimlerChrysler is recalling 2,315,768 cars to fix a floor shifter ignition-park interlock that may fail and allow the shifter to be moved out of the Park position with the key removed. Vehicles might roll away without warning. Dealers will install a new load-limiting push rod into the floor shifter lever of the affected vehicles.

Affected models include the Chrysler 300M Year: 1999; Chrysler Cirrus Years: 1995-1999; Chrysler Concorde Years: 1993-1999; Chrysler LHS Years: 1993-1999; Chrysler Sebring Convertible Years: 1996-1999; Dodge Intrepid Years: 1993-1999; Dodge Stratus Years: 1995-1999; Eagle Vision Years: 1993-1997; and Plymouth Breeze Years: 1996-1999.

In addition, DaimlerChrysler is recalling 21,053 Dodge Durangos, model year 2004, to replace the throttle control cable which may ingest water and freeze during extended cold temperatures causing the throttle to stick in the open position and result in a crash.

Other recalls include 31,646 Jaguar S-Type, XJ and XK models with automatic transmissions that could select Reverse gear without warning; 99,657 Land Rover Discovery II models with a faulty ABS system that could increase stopping distances and 8,117 Discovery II models with Active Cornering Enhancement that might leak fluid and cause a fire.

Volvo is recalling 29,986 S60, S80 and V70 models with front control arms that may not have been manufactured properly; General Motors is recalling 127,285 Saturn Ions, model years 2003-2004, to replace the fuel filter assembly and 79,204 Saturn Ions to fix the power windows and sunroof which may be operable with the ignition turned off and pose a risk to children.

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