Originally created 12/31/98

DaimlerChrysler recalls Chrysler, Dodge, Eagle LH-series sedans



AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- DaimlerChrysler AG is recalling 906,000 full-size sedans to inspect them for a potential fuel leak that could cause a fire.

The recall involves 1993-97 model-year Chrysler LHS, Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision cars with 3.5-liter V6 engines, as well as '93 models with the 3.3-liter V6, spokeswoman Sonya Bultynck said Wednesday.

The company has received 16 reports of minor fires, none of which has resulted in injury.

"That's a small amount of incidents for such a huge population of vehicles," Bultynck said. "But anytime we have a possible fuel leak, we want to make sure our customers are safe and the vehicles are inspected."

The cause of the leak is a rubber O-ring in the engines' fuel-injection system. Under prolonged hard driving at high temperatures, the O-rings sometimes harden and let fuel escape, Bultynck said.

The problem does not exist on the company's new generation of full-size sedans, which have redesigned engines, Bultynck said.

DaimlerChrysler will send letters notifying owners over the next two weeks. They will be advised to take their car into their nearest dealer for a free inspection and any necessary repairs.

Of the cars being recalled, 807,000 were sold in the United States or Mexico and 69,000 were sold in Canada. Another 30,000 were sold overseas.