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August 26, 1994|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Chrysler to Recall Jeep Wranglers: The No. 3 auto maker said it plans to recall virtually all the 230,000 Jeep Wranglers ever built to eliminate potential leaks in fuel tanks. The recall covers Wranglers introduced in the 1987 model year through the middle of the 1994 model year. Chrysler Corp. spokeswoman Terri Houtman said a gasket on the fuel tank may have been over-tightened and this can cause it to crack and leak vapors and fuel. Such leaks can catch fire when exposed to an ignition source. The gasket has been redesigned and the assembly process has been corrected to avert the over-tightening, she said. Chrysler knows of no accident, fire or injury related to the condition, Houtman said. The company plans to notify owners soon, and dealers will replace the gaskets free of charge, she said.

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