Chrysler recalls 2,500 units of V-6 2013 Dodge Challengers due to fire risk

Article by Anita Panait, on March 18, 2013

Around 2,500 owners of V-6 powered 2013 Dodge Challengers built between December 2012 and January 2013 are being warned by Chrysler Group not to drive their cars due to a possible short-circuit that could lead to a fire. According to Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne, seven occurrences of such fires were recorded on Challengers built from Dec. 3, 2012, through Jan. 24, 2013, although none caused injury.

Around 1,900 cars built during that period are still unsold on dealerships and will be held for repairs. The carmaker is contacting Challenger owners by phone and sending them mails to tell them not to drive their vehicles and to immediately contact their dealers. Due to the potential fire risk, Chrysler is advising owners not to park their Challengers in or near any structures until they are repaired.

Mayne said that Challengers covered by the recall are powered by 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engines. According to Chrysler, a single shipment of electrical parts used with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 arrived at its Brampton plant in Ontario, Canada, with an improper configuration.

Chrysler’s workers attempted to fix the faulty components, but the repair used led to the potential fire hazard, prompting the carmaker to issue the recall. Chrysler will provide a free loaner vehicle until repairs are complete. Challengers with V-8 engines, as well as all Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300s, built on the same assembly line in the plant, are not affected by the recall.

The team of designers on the Dodge Challenger remained faithful to the concept introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, while integrating original Challenger elements. This resulted in a strong, assertive, muscular machine that combines reminiscence with contemporary Dodge styling.

The design team set out to embody the imagination’s view of what today’s consumer remembers about the Dodge Challenger from three and a half decades ago. They were given the challenge to motivate today's consumer by encapsulating the feelings of the original Challenger, while still offering modern handling and convenience.

From the outside, the lengthy, lifted hood with furrows and a recessed grille with round twin headlights remind all of the first Challenger. The strong A, or character, line, running from tip to rear provides the new 2009 Dodge Challenger an immediately identifiable muscle-car character. Retro twin rectangle exhaust outlets finish the form at the back.

Inside, the trapezoid motif of the door-panel area and gauge groupings, darkened headliner, and tilted shifter controls found inspiration from the original Challenger. The contemporary Dodge Challenger interpretation offers excellent rear seats for a two-door coupe, reaching class-leading room for the rear head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) when compared to rivals. Paired with class-leading cargo room (16.2 cu. ft.), the same as the Dodge Charger, the new 2009 Dodge Challenger provides additional comfort and practicality.

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