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Apr 24 2013

Dodge Challenger 2013 Starter B+ Electrical Short May Cause A Fire

Posted in Community Service, Product Liability

Products manufactured according to substandard standards may inadvertently cause extensive injury or death to its owner, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .


Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Dodge Challenger vehicles manufactured from December 3, 2012, through January 24, 2013 and equipped with a V6 engine. The battery positive cable at the starter motor may experience an electrical short circuit to ground.

Chrysler is telling owners of about 2,500 Dodge Challenger muscle cars with V-6 engines not to drive them because a short in a wiring circuit can set them on fire. Owners also are being told not to park the cars in a garage or near a structure until the problem can be fixed.
These Dodge Challengers were made during an eight-week period and Chrysler wouldn’t identify exactly where the short occurs, but said it’s in a place that most owners would never see. Seven fires were reported that damaged cars, but no one was hurt, the company said in a statement.
The company is notifying owners by telephone plus mail and will provide loaner cars until repairs are made, at no cost to the owners. Chrysler also will transport the cars to dealerships to make the repairs, according to a company spokesman. Challenger owners who have questions should contact their dealers.

Chrysler claims this issue was caused by a shipment of electrical components arrived at the company’s Brampton, Ontario, assembly plant that weren’t configured properly. Workers at the plant reworked the components, but the change caused the short circuits. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.
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