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March 17, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Chrysler Group is recalling approximately 2,500 model-year 2013 Dodge Challengers now in customer hands to address a potential short-circuit.

This condition could cause a wire harness to overheat and possibly lead to fire. Chrysler Group is aware of seven such incidents. None caused injury.

Affected owners are being contacted directly – by telephone and by mail. They are being advised to immediately refrain from driving their vehicles and to contact their dealers. Loaner vehicles will be provided, free of charge, until repairs are complete. Chrysler Group further advises affected owners not to park their vehicles in or near any structures.

Customers who are uncertain if they are affected should take the above precautions and inquire with their dealers.

This action affects only 2013 Dodge Challengers assembled with V-6 engines during an eight-week period ending Jan. 24, 2013.

The total recall population is 4,459 vehicles, of which approximately 1,900 are in dealer hands.
 

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Chrysler Tells Some Owners: Park Your Cars, They Could Catch Fire





Chrysler Group LLC said it is recalling about 4,459 Dodge Challenger V6 cars from the 2013 model year to fix a possible electrical problem that could cause fires.

Under the recall, the car maker is advising owners to stop driving the cars and contact their dealers to arrange service appointments for repairs. The company said about 2,500 of the affected cars have been sold to customers
and the rest are still in dealer inventories.

The problem could result in a short circuit that could cause a wiring harness to overheat and possibly catch fire. Chrysler said it is aware of seven incidents involving such fires. None of the cases led to injuries, the company said.

The recall includes 2013 Challengers with six-cylinder engines built during an eight-week period ending Jan. 24. Under the recall dealers will repair the vehicles and give loaner vehicles to customers, free of charge, while their cars are being serviced. Chrysler said it is also telling drivers to avoid parking their Challengers “in or near any structures.”

Customers who are uncertain if they are affected should take the above precautions and inquire with their dealers.
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2013 Dodge Challenger recalled due to fire risk


One of the seven incidents might have occurred in Van Nuys, Calif. Last month, a musician named Piggy D. posted a tale of a dream muscle car purchase gone wrong on his Facebook page as well as the ChallengerTalk.com forum.

“For some reason the world looks brighter through the windshield, and Hall and Oats on Sirius radio never sounded so good. Now this is just the first 3 minutes on the way home! As you round the corner onto Burbank Boulevard, you feel unstoppable, perhaps even 'cool' just for a minute. The Sun has started to set as you arrive at the stop light at Burbank and Fulton. Lets put the headlights on … then without warning ... zzzzzzzz ... pffftttttt ...”

After purchasing his dream car, a V-6 Dodge Challenger, the muscian's vehicle caught fire just minutes after leaving the dealer’s lot. Everyone made it out safely and the short-term Dodge Challenger owner received a full refund.

Chrysler has not confirmed that Piggy D.’s vehicle was one of the seven confirmed fires that led to the recall, but the company has confirmed that a wiring harness could short-circuit and cause a fire, which prompted the recall. Chrysler will be contacting the 2,500 owners directly, by phone and by mail, to set up a service appointment. In the interim, loaner vehicles will be provided to affected owners at no charge.
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