Overheating issues on almost 10,000 Dodge Charger police vehicles have compelled Chrysler Group LLC to issue a recall of these vehicles as they could result to headlamp and brake failure. The recall covers 9,688 Chargers for the 2011 and 2012 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the problems may result to a loss of visibility or braking ability, raising the risk of a crash.
In several police cars, the low beam headlights could fail due to an overheated bulb harness connector.
Meanwhile, the anti-lock brake and electronic stability system may stop working in other vehicles because of an overheated power distribution center. The ABS/ESC fuse will be relocated. The headlamp jumper harness would also be replaced. Chrysler said that there haven’t been any reports of accidents, injuries or fires because of either condition.
In a statement, Chrysler said that these issues happen when police cars are exposed to extreme conditions like long periods of driving at a high speed, evasive driving during training exercises and extended idling.
In late August, the headlamp problem was detected and this resulted to changes at Brampton Assembly Plant, which is where Chrysler makes the Charger. An incident was reported last December wherein a state police car in Michigan displayed repeated loss of ABS/ESC system power.