Part of the joy of purchasing a powerful sports car that can cost anywhere between $26,000 and $44,000 is the responsibility of taking care of the vehicle’s physical appearance by keeping it in a safe, covered location and away from elements like dirt, water and human error. Naturally, most automobile owners don’t expect to receive a phone call from the vehicle’s manufacturer telling them to stop parking that car in garages or covered locations, but that’s the situation that several thousand Dodge Challenger owners find themselves in this week after an alarming recall by the Chrysler Group.
Approximately 4,459 2013 Dodge Challengers are being recalled because of a manufacturing defect that can lead to overheating and fires inside the automobiles. In particular, some outlets have reported that the wiring harness may overheat or short circuit, possibly resulting in a fire. According to the Detroit Free Press, a spokesman for Chrysler said that the problem isn’t necessarily due to the wiring harness itself, but the automobile manufacturer is continuing to investigate the issue. Regardless, as many as seven incidents have been reported to the Michigan-based Chrysler Group.
In all, at least 2,500 of these Challenger vehicles that were manufactured through January 24 have already been purchased. The recall affects the Challenger models that were manufactured with the V6 engines; those with the more powerful V8 engines are unaffected.
The rest of the vehicles are located at dealerships, so they will be serviced immediately before they can be sold. However, Chrysler will soon begin contacting owners in order to schedule free repairs and offer loaner vehicles, if necessary. In the meantime, Chrysler officials are urging Challenger drivers to park their vehicles outside in the hopes of avoiding any potential fires from spreading to houses or other structures.
Chrysler Group LLC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced the voluntary recall of approximately 1,449 Dodge Durango vehicles in the United States (as well as an additional 260 in Canada) because of a manufacturing defect in the airbags.
Acura Power Steering Hose Leak
An Acura press release recently reported that the company is recalling 56,881 model years 2007 and 2008 TL sedans due to a power steering hose which can potentially leak over time, posing a fire risk. 4,266 of these vehicles are located in Canada, while the remaining vehicles are in the U.S.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Chrysler announced this summer it was recalling more than 242,000 of its Dodge Ram pickup trucks due to a defective front left tie rod, which connects the wheels to the vehicle’s steering system. If this defective tie rod were to break, the news source explains that it would allow the left front wheel to “move independently, without control of the steering wheel.” The recall alert explains that this loss of directional control greatly increases the chances of an accident.
CNN Money recently announced that American car maker Chrysler has recalled “almost 300,000 model year 2008 minivans for a problem that could cause airbags to deploy unnecessarily.” The affected models include the Chrysler Town & Country, Grand Voyager and the Dodge Grand Caravan, the news source explains.
Chrysler Group notified owners of 2007 Dodge Nitro vehicles of this recall on February 02, 2007. The recall began on February 19, 2007. More than 50,000 units were affected by this recall.
It was determined that on certain vehicles, the antilock brake system “ABS” control module software might cause the rear brakes to lock up during certain braking conditions. If not repaired it could result in loss of control and could cause a crash without warning. Dealers were required to reprogram the “ABS” electronic control unit.