Chrysler recalling almost 10,000 Dodge Charger police vehicles

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 15, 2012

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.

The Dodge Charger Pursuit has long been known as one of the best high-performance police vehicles in the U.S. With the arrival of the 2011 version, law-enforcement agencies around the country will be able to get the best mix when it comes to efficiency, power, safety, and technology. In addition, it comes with an iconic design. As a police vehicle, safety is a main consideration and thus security and safety features are fitted as standard.

These include the advanced multi-stage air bags and knee bag for the driver, air bags for the passenger sitting in the front, side-thorax air bags mounted on the seats, and the side-curtain air bags for passengers in the front and the rear.

There is also the tire-pressure monitoring feature, among others. Considering that the model was designed with the brand’s very own Police Advisory Board acting as consultant, the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit has a mobile command on the inside that includes Police Interface Module allowing for easy equipment integration. Other equipment includes the automatic transmission that has an Auto Stick mounted on the column and police-duty front seats.

An interesting feature is the white/red interior LED lighting that is used for the night-vision equipment. Under the hood, one can see the Pentastar 3.6-liter E-85 capable V6 engine that includes variable-valve timing. Offered as an option is the HEMI 5.7-liter V8 engine that has the fuel-saving Multi-displacement System. As one of the functions of the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit is to chase down suspects, its performance suspension has been tuned.

Fitted to this model are stabilizer bars in the front and the rear, anti-lock heavy-duty vented-disc brakes, the police-specific two-mode Electronic Stability Control calibration, and steel wheels fitted to which are the high-performance 18-inch tires.

To ensure that handling dynamics is excellent and offer a ride that is world-class, this model has a rear-wheel design. In addition, the multi-link suspension on its front and rear ensure that police officers get a ride that is more comfortable. According to the brand, the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit will be available through the fleet operations of Chrysler Group LLC. Orders will be accepted starting September 2010.

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