Chrysler is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger mid-size cars over concerns that a broken fuel tank control valve could lead to engine stall and/or possible fire.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected in the United States at 1,785. Affected vehicles were built over a five-day period from October 30, 2012 through November 2, 2012.
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In documentation from Chrysler (PDF) submitted to the NHTSA, the automaker describes the problem as a broken control valve installed into the fuel tank assembly. The issue came to light when the fuel tank supplier found 17 pieces of broken control valves on the floor at the time of a routine maintenance operation.
An investigation revealed that 90 percent of the damaged valves will fail to prevent liquid fuel from entering the canister and could then lead to engine stall or fuel leakage.
Chrysler said that it is not aware of any complaints alleging engine stall or fuel leakage resulting from a broken valve. Furthermore, the automaker said that it is also not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.
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What Chrysler will do
Chrysler will notify owners of affected 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger mid-size sedans and dealers will inspect the vehicles’ fuel tank assemblies and replace any affected control valves. The service work will be performed at no charge.
The Chrysler safety recall campaign, identified as N02, is expected to begin during March 2013. In the meantime, owners of 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V043000.