Chrysler Joined the List for Car Recalls for the Month of May

May 11th, 2012
Chrysler initiated car recalls due to possible shortages in the system; The above pictured Police Dodge Charger started the recalls.

Chrysler Starts Recalls Over Police Charger Models; Other Models Joined the Car Recalls. Photo by Chrysler Group.

DETROIT – Chrysler Group may not often make the car recalls list, but this May the automaker hit a high number with 119,072 models being recalled. With the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Charger both having the same problem, Chrysler recalled the 2011-2012 models due to possible electrical failures.

In February this year, Chrysler Group realized there may be some issues with certain Dodge Charger Police vehicles and initiated a voluntary recall.  These were the only vehicles that were involved in the recall initially until the automaker received information concerning 43 reports related to civilian models as well and chose to add more vehicles to the recall.

“Despite a small number of incidents, we concluded it was in the best interest of our customers to repair the vehicles and eliminate the potential for this condition to occur,” said David Dillon, head of Product Investigations and Campaigns for Chrysler.

The problem was with an overheated power distribution center. As stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its recall report, it had been determined by Chrysler engineers “that thermal expansion and contraction of the plastic insert surrounding the fuse distorted the PDC bus bar terminal could potentially create an intermittent loss of ABS/ESC system power.”

Although the recalls news isn’t the best for Chrysler, both the 2012 Chrysler 300 and the 2012 Dodge Charger were named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance for Highway Safety. With dozens of standard safety features between the two models, it’s very obvious as to why they are labeled as a Top Safety Pick.

Chrysler Group will be notifying all owners this month about the car recalls. Any owner who has the problem will receive a free ABS/ESC fuse relocation service from their local Chrysler dealer. Owners with any questions can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 or visit www.safercar.gov.

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