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Recall 13V103000

Possible Vehicle Fire

Engine, March 21, 2013
Affected Cars

Dodge

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

On vehicles equipped with a V6 engine, the battery cable to the starter motor could short circuit and catch fire. Chrysler is advising owners of affected vehicles not to drive or park in, or near any structures until the problem has been corrected.

What Should You Do?

Chrysler began notifying owners of affected vehicles on March 20, 2013. If you don't receive recall notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Chrysler recall number is N18.

Summary:

Some 2013 Challengers equipped with a V6 engine may have a battery cable that could short to ground at the starter motor, resulting in a fire. This issue can occur even if the vehicle is parked. Affected vehicles should not be driven or parked in or near a structure until this problem has been resolved. Dealers will replace the under hood starter cable assembly to correct this concern.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date: March 21, 2013

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V103000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,051

Summary: 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.

Consequence: A short circuit could lead to a vehicle fire.

Remedy: Chrysler has began notifying owners and they are being advised to immediately refrain from driving their vehicles and to contact their dealers. Chrysler Group further advises affected owners not to park their vehicles in, or near, any structures. Dealers will replace the under hood starter cable assembly, free of charge. The recall notification began on March 20, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

Notes: Chrysler's recall campaign number is N18. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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