Chrysler recalls 127,346 Dodge Chargers, Chrysler 300s in U.S., Canada
DETROIT -- Chrysler Group will voluntarily recall 127,346 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans in the United States and Canada to fix a fuse problem that could disrupt the vehicles' antilock brakes and electronic stability control systems.
A plastic insert surrounding a fuse in the vehicles may become distorted because of thermal expansion and contraction, Chrysler said in a statement today. The problem could affect vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash.
Drivers are alerted to the problem by the vehicle ABS/ESC warning lamp, the statement said, noting that despite the failure, drivers will retain basic brake function.
The recall affects all 2011 and 2012 units built before Dec. 20, 2011. The recall includes 119,072 vehicles in the United States and 8,274 in Canada. According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the affected system is supplied by Global Automotive Systems of suburban Detroit, a unit of Dura Automotive Systems. The defective part is in the vehicle's power distribution center.
Chrysler said it was unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the recalled vehicles. Customers can take their vehicles to dealerships to have the fuse replaced and moved at no charge. Recall notices are to go out this month.
Chrysler initially believed the defect was limited to its police vehicles, which were recalled in mid-February for the same problem. The defect was discovered after users reported problems in the vehicles' headlamps. After consumer vehicles were tested, they were recalled as well.
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