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8 automakers recalled 2 million vehicles in May

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WASHINGTON — DaimlerChrysler AG, General Motors Corp. and six other automakers recalled more than 1.95 million vehicles from the U.S. market in May to repair safety defects, regulators said Friday.

DaimlerChrysler recalled 690,000 Dodge Ram trucks from model years 1994 through 1996 to fix an ignition switch and wiring that could overheat and cause a fire. The automaker, based in Stuttgart, Germany, also recalled 637,973 1996-1999 Jeep Cherokees and 1996-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees to fix front disc-brake rotors, which may corrode from salt applied to slick roads.

GM, the world's largest automaker, recalled 487,400 Oldsmobile Aleros and Pontiac Grand Ams from the 1999 to 2000 model years to replace a latch on the console, which could open in a crash and injure an occupant. It also recalled 18,754 of its 2000 Buick Century, Buick Regal and Chevrolet Lumina sedans to replace the rear spindle bolts, which connect to rear drum brakes and could separate, causing a loss of control.

The recall list, published monthly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is to alert vehicle owners who may have missed or not received recall notices that manufacturers must send when defects are discovered.

Ford Motor Co. recalled 23,000 of its 2000 Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis sedans to check wipers that may not work when snow or ice is on the windshield.

Ford's Mazda Motor Corp. affiliate recalled 31,000 Mazda 626 cars from 1998 to check a spring in the timing-belt tensioner that could break and cause the engine to stall. Land Rover, which Ford bought in May, recalled 7,120 Discovery II sport utility vehicles from the 1999 and 2000 model years.

DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes Benz luxury unit recalled 7,100 S Class and CL Class vehicles, both 2000 models.

Volkswagen AG's Audi unit recalled 48,500 A6 sedans from model years 1998 through 2000 to replace fuel-sending units, which could cause the fuel gauge to falsely read full. Volkswagen also is recalling 2,400 Passat Four Motions.