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Chrysler To Replace Engine on 2012 Dodge Charger, Other Vehicles in Recall

Sep 30, 2011



Just the Facts:

Chrysler is recalling 667 2012 vehicles, including the 2012 Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 200 to replace the 3.6-liter V6 engine, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Chrysler has also issued a stop-sale order on the recalled vehicles.
Connecting rod failure may lead to engine seizure on the recalled vehicles.



WASHINGTON — Chrysler is recalling 667 2012 vehicles, including the 2012 Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 200 to replace the 3.6-liter V6 engine, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Chrysler has also issued a stop-sale order on the recalled vehicles. Other vehicles involved in this recall include the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Dodge Journey with the 3.6-liter V6 engine.

"These engines may experience connecting rod bearing failure due to debris inside the engine block," said NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem. "Connecting rod failure may lead to engine seizure, which may increase the risk of a crash."

Chrysler said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this defect.

The defective engines were built between August 25 and September 5. Chrysler launched an internal investigation to evaluate the 3.6-liter V6 engines from its Saltillo South Engine Plant in Mexico because of "suspect quality audit results," according to company documentation filed with the federal government.

The automaker said that its investigation "determined the root cause to be block cleanliness leading to hard debris damaging the connecting rod, main bearings and crankshaft."

Chrysler dealers will replace the engine. The recall is expected to begin in October. Owners can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.


 
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