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.