WASHINGTON-Chrysler Corp. is voluntarily recalling 350,000 vehicles from its 1990-93 model years to correct potential problems with their antilock brake systems. These vehicles are equipped with Bendix ABS-10 systems, which may have seal wear problems in their hydraulic pumps. In this case, the pumps deteriorate and the brakes lose their boost, which in turn can cause very hard pedaling or outright brake failure.
Chrysler, in its April 15 recall announcement, said it will inspect the ABS systems on any Chrysler vehicle identified in the recall. It will: replace malfunctioning ABS parts free of charge; reimburse owners for previous ABS repairs; and extend the ABS warranty on the recalled vehicles to 100,000 miles.
Included in the recall are: 279,000 1991-93 minivans, 4,000 of them sold outside the U.S.; 67,000 1990-93 Chrysler New Yorkers, Chrysler Imperials and Dodge Dynastys; and 4,000 1991-92 Eagle Premiers and Dodge Monacos.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it received 3,505 complaints on the ABS systems on those Chrysler models. Chrysler said it received reports of 60 accidents and 16 injuries-all minor-in connection with the ABS systems.
Originally, Chrysler called the recall a ``repair and reimbursement campaign,'' but changed its press releases after NHTSA objected to the company's not sounding a safety warning to the public.
``We thought we didn't have to put `recall' on the notice,'' said Chrysler spokesman Jason Vines. ``We understood wrong. . . .We weren't going to jeopardize this campaign for a label.''