2011-2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger: Recall Alert

May 7, 2012

Chrysler is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2011 and 2012 model year Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger mid-size sedans over concerns about a loss of anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) due to overheating.

A notice in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the number of potential affected units at 119,072. Documentation from Chrysler (PDF) indicates that the affected vehicles were manufactured as follows:

  • 2011 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger – built from May 6, 2011 through July 26, 2011
  • 2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger -  built from February 9, 2011 through December 20, 2011

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The problem

Chrysler says that some vehicles may experience a loss of ABS/ESC as a result of an overheated fuse in the power distribution center bus bar (PDC). Failure of ABS/ESC could lead to loss of vehicle control, which increases crash risk.

This thermal contraction and expansion first surfaced in a Michigan State Police training vehicle and later led to a recall of certain Dodge Charger police vehicles. The condition was believed at the time to be unique to the police vehicle fleet.

Subsequent monitoring of field data on similar vehicles in the retail fleet showed an increasing trend of field reports that may be related to the PDC bus bar terminal condition. On April 24, 2012, Chrysler decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall of certain 2011 and 2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans.

The automaker said it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fires related to the overheated PDC.

What Chrysler will do

Chrysler will notify owners of affected vehicles and dealers will change and relocate the ABS/ESC fuse at no charge. The Chrysler safety recall is expected to begin during May 2012.

In the meantime, owners of 2011 and 2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Refer to the Chrysler safety recall campaign number M10.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V197000.

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