The Dodge Challenger V6 Recall From the Horse’s Mouth, So To Speak

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Dodge Challenger engine bay

About 2,500 2013 Dodge Challengers with this engine wound up in the hands of consumers before Dodge announced a recall related to a fault in the car’s wiring that could lead to fire risk. (Photo courtesy Dodge.)

There’s been much talk of a recall of V6-powered Dodge Challengers the last couple days. Funny since there are only 2,500 cars involved in the recall itself, but whatever. Here’s the spiel directly from the folks who built them:

According to the official statement from Chrysler’s media team:

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.

While we hate to hear about any dangerous defect like this, especially one that endangers not just the car, but potentially anything it happens to be parked near, we’re glad Dodge seems to have caught it early, before it became an ongoing fire-related recall of Fordian proportions. No word at this time what specific wiring harness is causing the problem. If we get more information, we’ll pass it along.

For the time being, park your V6 Dodge Challenger far away from your garage, home, and other vehicles, if at all possible, and contact your nearest dealership to determine whether your Challenger is part of the recall.

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