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Component: FUEL:FUEL SYSTEMS
Manufacturer: MCHRYSLER CORPORATION
Make: DODGE TRUCK
Year of Recall: 'V9
Type of Report: Tire
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7000
THESE VEHICLES DO NOT MEET THE REAR IMPACT TEST REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS 301, "FUEL SYSTEM INTEGRITY."
CONSEQUENCE OF NON-COMPLIANCE: THE VEHICLE S HAVE AN INCREASED RISK OF A FUEL SPILL IN THE EVENT OF A REAR END COLLISION.
DEALERS WILL STRENGTHEN THE LEFT FRAME RAIL BY INSTALLING A FRAME RAIL REINFORCEMENT BRACKET.
SYSTEM: FUEL; FUEL SYSTEMS.
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: LIGHT DUTY PICKUP TRUCKS BUILT WITHOUT A REAR BUMPER.
NOTE: IF YOUR VEHICLE IS PRESENTED TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED
UPON SERVICE DATE AND THE REMEDY IS NOT PROVIDED WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME
AND FREE OF CHARGE OR THE REMEDY DOES NOT CORRECT THE DEFECT OR NONCOMPLIANCE,
PLEASE CONTACT CHRYSLER SERVICE CENTER AT 1-800-853-1403. ALSO, CONTACT
THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE
Chrysler Press Release
Monday, July 25, 1994
1000 Chrysler Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2766
Contact: Alex Tsigdinos 810-576-9001
Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Chrysler Corporation is notifying owners of 7,000 1994 model year Dodge Ram 1500 and 2500 light duty pickup trucks that were built without a rear bumper that their trucks may not comply with federal fuel impact integrity standard requirements. Owners are being instructed to bring their vehicles to their local Dodge dealer to have a rail reinforcement bracket installed at no cost.
Chrysler said that during a rear impact compliance test, fuel leakage occurred in excess of that allowed by the federal standard. Analysis determined that the fuel leak was caused by impact distortion of the left frame rail which contacted and damaged the fuel filler hose and its attachment nipple. Chrysler's subsequent testing and analysis confirmed the condition. Corrective action was immediately taken and vehicles were contained to prevent further shipment.
There are no known accidents or injuries related to this condition.
RAM FRAME RECALL
Q: How many Ram trucks are affected?
A: About 7,000 Ram 1500 and 2500 light duty pickups built without a rear bumper.
Q: Do other Dodge Ram pickup models have the same problem?
Q: How did you discover this problem?
A: It was first discovered during a NHSTA rear impact compliance test. Chrysler subsequently experienced similar test results with a Dodge Ram of the same configuration.
Q: Why does this fuel leakage occur?
A: The fuel leak was caused by impact distortion of the left frame rail which contacted and damaged the fuel filler hose and its attachment nipple.
Q: What's the fix?
A: A rail reinforcement bracket is attached to the frame.
Q: What if an owner has installed an aftermarket bumper?
A: We will still make the structural improvement.
Q: Have owners been notified?
A: Notifications have been mailed to owners.
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