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Chrysler Recalls 4,000 New Challengers

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On: Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 9:43AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Chrysler Recalls 4,000 New Challengers

Chrysler has issued a recall of 4,051 of its Dodge Challengers that were produced with a V6 engine between December 2012 and January 24, 2013. It seems that a short circuit may occur on the positive battery cable at the starter motor. This short could case a vehicle fire and potentially even a crash depending on when the short occurs. Owners of these cars are being told to stop driving their Challengers immediately. They are also being advised to not park their Challengers in or around any structures as this may cause the short. 

Chrysler has already begun to notify owners, and will replace the starter cable assembly free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler with questions or to set up an appointment at 1-800-247-9753. Read on for the full report.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V103000

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,051

Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Challenger vehicles manufactured from December 3, 2012, through January 24, 2013 and equipped with a V6 engine. The battery positive cable at the starter motor may experience an electrical short circuit to ground.

CONSEQUENCE:

A short circuit could lead to a vehicle fire.

REMEDY:

Chrysler has began notifying owners and they are being advised to immediately refrain from driving their vehicles and to contact their dealers. Chrysler Group further advises affected owners not to park their vehicles in, or near, any structures. Dealers will replace the under hood starter cable assembly, free of charge. The recall notification began on March 20, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

NOTES: Chrysler's recall campaign number is N18. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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