Stellantis (FCA US, LLC) is recalling certain 2022 model year L-Series (Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, and Chrysler 300 Series) vehicles for Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor batteries, which may fail prematurely and cause the sensor to become inoperative. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 138, “Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.”
FMVSS No. 138 states that “…each vehicle must be equipped with a tire pressure monitor system” that detects “when one or more of a vehicle’s tires is significantly under-inflated and illuminates a low tire pressure warning telltale.” The tire pressure system in the suspect vehicles may not detect low tire pressure.
Inoperative TPMS sensors will not alert the driver to low tire pressure. In addition, a TPMS warning light that is already illuminated from a failed battery sensor will mask an actual tire pressure failure issue. Either of these scenarios can result in tire failure and increase the risk of a crash.
According to the recall, 52,340 vehicles are affected by the recall…
- 19,315 units of the 2022 Dodge Challenger (LA) – Built between August 23rd, 2021 to June 10th, 2022
- 27,337 units of the 2022 Dodge Charger (LD) – Built between August 23rd, 2021 to June 7th, 2022
- 5,658 units of the 2022 Chrysler 300 Series (LX) – Built between September 7th, 2021 to June 9th, 2022
Recall Chronology –
- On May 13th, 2022, the FCA US LLC (“FCA US”) Technical Safety and Regulatory Compliance (“TSRC”) organization were notified of a potential issue related to TPMS sensors with a battery prematurely discharging in some 2022 MY Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, and Chrysler 300 vehicles.
- From May 13th, 2022, through June 21st, 2022, FCA US TSRC met with FCA US engineering and supplier operations to review the issue, understand the part design and the failure mode, and determine the suspect population.
- On June 22nd, 2022, the FCA US TSRC organization recognized a vehicle build issue existed on certain vehicles related to the TPMS sensor battery life, potentially causing noncompliance with FMVSS 138.
- On July 7th, 2022, FCA US determined, through the Vehicle Regulations Committee, to conduct a voluntary safety recall of the affected vehicles.
Dealers will inspect and replace the TPMS sensors, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on September 2nd, 2022. Owners may contact FCA US, LLC at 1-800-853-1403. FCA US, LLC’s number for this recall is Z68.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.