Friday, October 30

FCA Recalls Chargers and Challengers for Wheel-Brake Issue


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – FCA US LLC (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S.) has announced a recall of certain 2019 model year Dodge Challenger and Charger models due to inclusion of incompatible front wheel and brakes.

The recall covers 173 Chargers and 62 Challengers built between May 28, 2019 and September 5, 2019 which might not have have adequate clearance between the tire inner sidewall and the suspension steering knuckle, potentially allowing contact of the components.

Contact of the front tire inner sidewall to the steering knuckle could result in tire damage and a sudden loss of tire air pressure. A sudden loss of tire air pressure can cause a vehicle crash without warning.

SERVICE ACTION

FCA US will conduct a voluntary safety recall to replace the incompatible front wheels with wheels that are compatible with the brake package installed on the vehicle, inspect and replace front tires as needed, check and adjust wheel alignment as needed.  

Also,for customer satisfaction, FCA will replace the rear wheels to match the front wheels. Dealers will be notified of the launch of this safety recall by way of established communication methods.

This recall is estimated to launch in 1st Quarter of 2020.

FCA admits the combination of the Mid-Gloss Black wheel (Part no. 5LD37RXFAA) and an unspecified brake kit, “should not have been an available option.”

The issue was initially discovered by workers in the Brampton, Ont. factory where the Challenger and Charger are built, and FCA subsequently launched an investigation into the matter. So far, FCA officials have said that they don’t have any reports of customers experiencing the issue since most of the cars remain in dealer’s hands.

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Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Senior Editor for The BRAKE Report. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.