Chrysler Group announced that it’s recalling more than 119,000 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 cars from model years 2011 and 2012 for potential problems with anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. An electrical glitch could cause these systems to fail, which could mean that electronic vehicle control aids won’t work.
According to a Chrysler Group press release, a plastic piece that surrounds an electrical fuse could become deformed due to temperature changes. This could interfere with the fuse, which helps to feed power to the anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control system. The brakes won’t fail, but if a driver encounters an emergency situation where he or she needs the anti-lock brakes, they may not function.
“This could lead to loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash,” reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If you own one of the affected models, Chrysler will notify you beginning this month when to bring your car in to the dealer to be fixed for free. You can also contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403, call NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit NHTSA’s website.
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