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

Article by Christian Andrei, 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.

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