Chrysler is recalling 49,400 Dodge Chargers over overheating headlight parts

Article by Christian A., on March 16, 2014

Chrysler Group is recalling around 49,400 Dodge Chargers for possible overheating of headlight components. According to the carmaker, customer service data led engineers to probe into reports similar to those that sparked a 2012 recall of over 9,600 Charger police cars (model years 2011 and 2012) to address overheating of jumper harnesses and other parts.

Chrysler said it is has no knowledge of any injuries or accidents related to either recall. In the latest recall, the US carmaker said it will inspect, and replace if needed at no cost to the owner, the headlight jumper harnesses and bulbs, or headlight assembles on certain 2011-2012 model-year Charger cars fitted with halogen headlights.

The recall covers 43,450 models in the United States, 2,850 in Canada, 375 in Mexico and 2,700 outside of North America. Chrysler said it will communicate with affected owners when they can set service. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety this week closed its investigation into reports of driver-side door fires in 104,593 (MY2012) Jeep Liberty SUVs with no finding of a defect trend, according to documents filed on the agency’s Web site.

Looking at the exterior of the new 2011 Dodge Charger, there is no question it is both aerodynamic and efficient. Not surprising especially if one knows that this new model was greatly inspired by the second-generation Charger that was released back during the late 1960s. The new version however has a design that is sure to tug the emotional strings of any Dodge performance aficionado, no matter what generation they come from.

The 2011 Dodge Charger though also has a direct design influence which is the Dodge Charger coupes during 1968 to 1970. Thus, the hood, made of aluminum, has dual “scallops,” resulting in the front section having a sculptured and performance appearance.

This particular design heritage is continued to the large scallops on the bodyside in order to have that powerful A-line across the vehicle’s doors. This brings to mind the high-performance tradition of the Dodge Charger.

Beginning from the front, there is the well-known horizontal “coke bottle” door that goes towards the rear. Combining this with the body-side shape, it results in the front fenders, as well as the rear ones, having muscular proportions for that menacing profile.

Meanwhile, this fastback four-door coupe’s flared bodysides have been made more prominent with the shoulder lines and the roof rails having a 6-inch offset. Because of this, the new model has a performance stance that can be described as “planted,” much like the second-generation coupes. Further, this new Dodge Charger has that menacing “ready to attack the road” appearance.

It looks as if it is putting in its signature “split crosshair” grille even the best rivals in the E-segment sedan. Despite already having a detailed design, the grille is made more intricate especially with the black satin inset that has been set to the chromed surrounds. Behind this chromed grille is the split hexagon grate where the new “Dodge” badge has been placed.

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