Chrysler recalling 127,346 Dodge Chargers, Chrysler 300s in U.S., Canada

Article by Christian A., on May 8, 2012

Expect the recall notices to go out this month for the 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans in the U.S. and Canada. Chrysler Group will voluntarily recall 127,346 of these sedans to repair a fuse problem that may disrupt the vehicles' antilock brakes and electronic stability control systems. In a statement, Chrysler said that a plastic insert that encloses a fuse in the vehicles could become distorted due to thermal expansion and contraction.

This problem may make crashing riskier as vehicle control is affected. The vehicle’s ABS/ESC warning lamp alerts the drivers. But despite the failure, the drivers will still have basic brake function.

The recall covers all 2011 and 2012 units produced before Dec. 20, 2011. Affected in the recall are 119,072 vehicles in the U.S. and 8,274 vehicles in Canada. Documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that Global Automotive Systems of suburban Detroit, a unit of Dura Automotive Systems, is the supplier of the affected system. This faulty part is found in the power distribution center of the vehicle.

Chrysler said that it has not received reports that anyone was injured or had been involved in any accident while using the recalled vehicles. Chrysler will replace the fuse for free. Customers would just have to bring the units to their dealerships.

Initially, Chrysler thought that the defect only affected police vehicles, which were recalled in the middle of February for the same issue. Users filed reports about the headlamps and this is how the defect was found out. After testing the vehicles, they were recalled too.

Making its world premiere at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan delivers a distinct style as well as technological innovations. It comes with premium E-segment sedan features and quality at a legendary value. In doing so, it writes a new chapter in the brand's renowned history, while setting a new course for the American brand. At the same time, it embodies the essence of the new Chrysler brand, delivering passion for design, people and the environment through expressive design, state-of-the-art connectivity and world-class levels of quality and efficiency.

An icon of American ingenuity and a symbol of the greatness of Detroit style, the Chrysler 300 is a thing of splendor, as described by Olivier Francois, President and CEO - Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.

The Chrysler 300 is the result of benchmarking the craftsmanship, technology and refinement of the segment’s best sedans to deliver a new world-class quality and performance symbol at an attainable price. With premium materials, state-of-the-art connectivity features, new chassis architecture and best-in-class power, the all-new Chrysler 300 embodies the brand's new attitude in every minute detail.

With more than 55 years of sophisticated measurements and head-turning flair, the Chrysler 300 delivers contemporary styling with design details unforeseen in the segment. There’s an all-new grille at the front that features seven deeply sculpted horizontal blades.

Offering a unique disparity against the handsomely drawn bright-chromed grille surround are the blades’ liquid chrome finish and its new Chrysler wing badge.

For illumination, the model features signature "key slot" headlamps with a scalloped lower edge. In addition, bi-functional projector headlamps are positioned next to LED-illuminated daytime running lamps, which when combined, form a "C" shape.

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