- Fuse issue could disable the anti-lock brakes and traction control
- The recall affects most 2011 and 2012 Charger and 300 models
- A similar recall was announced for Charger police vehicles earlier this year
Chrysler is recalling nearly 120,000 units of its Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 large sedans because of an electrical fault. The automaker and the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall, which is limited to 2011 and 2012 models of both vehicles.
According to the NHTSA, the recall is necessary because a plastic insert surrounding a fuse in the models' power distribution center may become distorted under intense heat. The distortion could cause the fuse to become disconnected, which may render the sedans' traction control and ABS systems inoperable, potentially leading to a collision. Chrysler says it hasn't received any reports of injuries or crashes due to the defect.
Chrysler says all 119,072 Charger and 300 models involved in the recall are 2011 and 2012 models manufactured prior to December 20, 2011. According to the automaker, recall notices will be sent beginning this month to owners of affected vehicles, urging them to visit a dealership to have the problem corrected. A new fuse will be installed free of charge in the models' power distribution center, eliminating the risk of a malfunction.
Owners with any questions about the recall can contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or NHTSA's recall hotline at 888-327-4236.
Chrysler's latest recall comes less than three months after a similar campaign affected nearly 10,000 Dodge Charger police vehicles. In that recall, which was announced in mid-February, Chrysler said heat problems in the power distribution center occurred only when police vehicles were "exposed to severe police duty vehicle cycles for an extended period of time including long durations of high speed, evasive driving when used as training vehicles for police forces and extended idling." The automaker said it would monitor non-police models for reports of similar problems.
The Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 continue to be among Chrysler's bestselling vehicles, with nearly 16,000 total sales last month. Since the beginning of the year, both models have posted massive sales gains compared to the same period in 2011, fueled in part by a host of revisions for the 2011 model year that included new styling, updated interiors and improved engines.
What it means to you: If you own a Charger or 300 with the new body style, don't be surprised when you receive a recall notice later this month or in early June.