Chrysler is recalling 4459 model year 2013 Dodge Challengers with the 3.6-liter V-6 engine for an issue related to a potential short circuit in the wiring harness. The automaker is advising owners to immediately stop driving their vehicles and to contact dealers. Ford is also recalling 196,667 2004-2007 Freestyle and Mercury Monterey minivan models for corrosion at the third-row seat anchor mechanism.
2013 Dodge Challenger V-6
The Problem:Chrysler says a potential short circuit could cause the wire harness to overheat, which could possibly lead to a fire. Seven incidents have been reported to Chrysler with no injuries reported so far. The 2011 Dodge Challenger V-6 from our Camaro, Mustang, Challenger, Genesis V-6 coupe comparison is shown above.
The Fix: Chrysler is contacting customers directly via telephone and mail about the potential fire hazard. Affected customers are being advised to stop driving their vehicle, and refrain from parking it in or near any structures. The automaker will provide a free loaner vehicle until repairs are complete. Customers can contact the automaker directly to find out if their vehicle is affected by the issue.
Number of Potentially Affected Vehicles: A total of 4459 2013 Dodge Challenger V-6 coupes built during an eight-week period ending January 24, 2013 are affected. Chrysler says the recall affects about 2500 customer cars, while about 1900 models are still on dealer lots.
2004-2007 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey
The Problem: Corrosion could cause structural degradation of the third-row seat anchor mechanism mounted to the rear wheel wells, which could prevent the third-row seat from fully latching in place. An unlatched seat may increase risk of injury if the vehicle is hit in the rear.
The Fix: Ford will begin notifying owners on March 27, 2013 to have dealers install new third row seat latch striker mounting brackets for free. Owners can contact the automaker at 1-866-436-7332.
Number of Potentially Affected Vehicles: A total of 196,667 2004-2007 Freestyle and Mercury Monterey minivan models equipped with a third row seat that were manufactured between March 24, 2003, and November 7, 2006, and originally sold in, or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
Source: Chrysler, NHTSA
By Jason Udy