January 15, 2004

Only 10% of 2.7 million recalled Chryslers likely to be affected

Auburn Hills, Michigan – Of the 2.7 million Chrysler vehicles recalled on Tuesday to repair a potentially faulty ignition-park interlock system, only 10 percent are likely to be affected, announced the company.

An internal investigation determined that when the floor-mounted shifter button is depressed and pulled with excessive force with the key out of the ignition, it can cause the ignition-park interlock system to become inoperative. The investigation showed that this issue would be most prevalent in vehicles which have had multiple drivers, such as those in rental or commercial fleets. Chrysler said it will install stronger components to better withstand abusive force, free of charge.

The vehicles affected by this recall include: 1995-1999 Chrysler Cirrus, Dodge Stratus, Plymouth Breeze; 1996-1999 Sebring Convertibles; and 1993-1999 Chrysler 300M, Chrysler Concorde, Chrysler LHS, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision.

In addition, the company has confirmed that a throttle cable on 2004 Dodge Durango vehicles equipped with 3.7 and 4.7 litre engines could potentially ingest water and freeze during extended cold temperatures. The 5,000 customers affected by this issue will receive free of charge a cable that provides improved sealing capability.

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