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Dodge Viper suspension problem may lead to federal recall

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a suspension issue affecting about 2,500 Dodge Viper supercars. The agency says a rear suspension connector could come loose, with two crashes and one injury reportedly caused by the problem. Investigators will determine if the problem merits a recall.

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U.S. closes Dodge Viper investigation

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U.S. closes Dodge Viper investigation


Washington —The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Sunday it was closing its investigation into nearly 10,000 Dodge Viper sports cars for complaints of crashes linked to rear suspension problems.

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NHTSA said it would not seek a recall after closing its nearly eight-month old investigation into 9,670 2003-2010 Viper opened after it received 8 reports of crashes caused by rear suspension knuckle failure in 2005 and 2006 Dodge Viper vehicles. The investigation covered the Dodge Viper SRT-10 and Dodge Viper Competition Coupe and ACRX race cars. NHTSA decided that the crashes caused the damage to the suspension -- and there was no evidence of problems with the parts.

Chrysler Group LLC told NHTSA in June that its investigation showed no defect and said it did not believe a recall was necessary. NHTSA said it had a total of 10 complaints, including 8 crashes.

Based on its review of physical evidence from field inspections of six of the eight crashed vehicles, Chrysler concluded that collision forces were the cause of rear suspension control knuckle failure — not a defect in the parts. Chrysler's assessment was based on examination of knuckle fracture surfaces, as well as evidence of wheel rim damage that would indicate impact loading of the affected suspension components.

NHTSA obtained a cracked knuckle from a recent crash involving a 2004 Viper, the agency said. NHTSA's Vehicle Research and Testing Center in Ohio submitted the part to a laboratory for the cracked surface and metallurgical analysis, which concluded there was no evidence of problems in the part and that the damage was due to a single event.

Chrysler issued a bulletin to dealers in January 2012 telling them that if the Viper steering knuckle or control arms were damaged in a crash, the bearing and hub should be replaced.

"Analysis of the failure data indicated these are random events and do not show any clear patterns related to vehicle build range, vehicle age or mileage. Examination and testing of failed knuckles have not identified evidence of a manufacturing or design defect in the parts. Accordingly, this investigation is closed," NHTSA said in its report closing its investigation.

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