Chrysler Group announced that it is recalling 2,500 Dodge Challenger vehicles assembled for the 2013 model year. The problem at hand concerns an overheating wire harness that has the potential to start an engine fire. These Challengers in question were assembled over an eight-week period that ended on January 24 of this year. Challenger vehicles outfitted with the Pentastar V-6 engine are believed to contain these short circuiting wiring harnesses.
Chrysler is aware of several occasions where the wiring harness has short circuited, but no injuries have been reported. Chrysler is contacting affected owners by phone and through the mail, and Chrysler also believes this issue is serious enough to have owners park their Challenger outside, away from any type of structure, just to be on the safe side. If you happen to be in possession of an affected Challenger, Chrysler will provide you with a loaner vehicle until a permanent resolution is discovered and implemented. The Auburn Hills-based automaker is also advising those affected to not park their Challenger in or around any type of structure, just to be on the same side.
Chrysler isn’t saying exactly where this faulty wiring harness is located but it’s confident that the harness is not visible by simply looking at the engine. If you’re unsure if your vehicle is affected by this recall, Chrysler is urging anyone in question to park their Challenger and contact a local dealer. In total, 4,459 2013 Dodge Challenger vehicles are believed to contain this flaw but according to Chrysler, 1,900 are on or headed to dealership lots across the country. Chrysler says it will correct this issue on the remaining 2013 Dodge Challengers sitting on or heading to dealership lots now before each are made available to customers.