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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1997 Dodge Ram 1500

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1997 Dodge Ram 1500, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: TRANSMISSION QUICK CONNECTORS

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ98002

    • Status:
      PENDING
    • Date Opened: March 10, 1998
    • Date Closed: N/A
    • Recall: No recall yet

    Component(s): Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Cooling Unit And Lines

    Summary: The loss of quick connector joint integrity due to high automatic transmission fluid temperatures which may exceed the melting point of the connector material, allowing transmission fluid to leak or spray from the joints, possibly resulting in a vehicle fire.

  2. INVESTIGATION: SEAT BACK FAILURE

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP03006

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 23, 2003
    • Date Closed: April 08, 2004
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Seats
    Seats:Front Assembly:Recliner

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  3. INVESTIGATION: CLUTCH HYDRAULIC LINE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA98005

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: February 27, 1998
    • Date Closed: May 24, 1999
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Summary: Alleged plastic clutch tube may fail from exposure to exhaust heat, resulting in loss of clutch function and possible vehicle fire.

  4. INVESTIGATION: CLUTCH HYDRAULIC LINE FAILURE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE97043

    Component(s): Service Brakes, Hydraulic

    Summary: Alleged clutch line may melt and leak hydraulic fluid in the vicinity of the exhaust manifold.leaked hydraulic fluid could ignite and cause a vehicle fire.

  5. INVESTIGATION: HOOD LATCH

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ00012

    Component(s): Structure

    Summary: Onmarch 20, 1995, DaimlerChrysler filed a defect report for 181,008 1994 and 1995 Dodge Ram trucks manufacturedc from January 21, 1994 - October 25, 1994 at the Dodge city assembly plant and from March 26, 1994 - December 8, 1994 at the Lago Alberto assembly plant.the secondary hood latch rod could bind on the guide bracket and prevent engagement of the secondary latch.if this occurs when the primary latch is not engaged, the hood could fly up when the vehicle is being driven and obstruct the drier's vision increasing the potential for a crash.the recall remedy was to replace the sedcondary hood latch.owners were notified in August of 1995.this recall rate as of 2/97 was 68%

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