Chrysler is calling owners of about 2,500 2013 Dodge Challengers and warning them not to drive their vehicles and contact their dealer because of a wiring harness short circuit that could cause a fire.
Only 2013 Challengers equipped with a V-6 engine that were built over an eight-week period ending January 24, 2013 are affected by the safety recall. About 2,500 of these cars have been sold, while another 1,900 remain on dealer lots.
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The wire harness could overheat or short circuit and possibly cause a fire. Chrysler said it is aware of seven fires, but no injuries, as a result of the problem.
While the Challenger is built on the same Brampton, Ontario, Canada assembly line as the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, the parts involved in this recall are unique to the Challenger. Furthermore, Challengers equipped with a V-8 engine are not affected by the recall.
Chrysler considers the problem serious enough to warrant the owner phone calls and notification by mail, even going so far as to advise owners not to park their vehicles “in or near any structure,” according to a company press release.
The automaker said that dealers will arrange to pick up the cars and provide a loaner to owners while the Challengers are being repaired, all at no charge.