Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 173 of its 2019 Dodge Charger and Challenger models, for a potentially serious issue due to having incompatible wheels that were introduced into production. Now, you might think why would different wheels and tires be a serious issue, but according to FCA, those vehicles affected with an incompatible front wheel and brake package may not have adequate clearance between the tire’s inner sidewall and the suspension steering knuckle which could lead to contact of the two components. The result could lead to tire damage and a sudden loss of tire pressure and an increased risk of crashing.
FCA has narrowed the issue down to 62 of its Dodge Challenger models built between May 28th to September 20th, of this year. Plant records also indicated that 111 of its Dodge Charger models were also affected from May 29th to September 20th. The wheels in question are Gloss Black (part no. 5LD37RXFAA).
FCA will start conducting a Voluntary Safety Recall to replace the incompatible front wheels, with wheels (remedy part no. 5RN84MALAC) that are compatible with the brake package installed on the vehicle as well as inspect and
replace front tires as needed, and check and adjust wheel alignment as needed. Also, for customer satisfaction, replace the rear wheels to match the front wheels.
FCA will begin to notify owners on December 13th. These repairs will be performed free of charge at the customer’s local Dodge dealer. Owners may contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403, referring to the recall number VB0.
• On September 13, 2019, Brampton Assembly Plant (“BRAP”) notified FCA US LLC (“FCA US”) engineering of a
potential issue related to a tire in close proximity to the suspension steering knuckle on some Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicles.
• On September 18, 2019, the FCA US Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance (“VSRC”) organization opened
an investigation as a result of an engineering evaluation of a vehicle that exhibited a tire in close proximity to
the steering knuckle.
• Between September 18, 2019, and September 27, 2019, FCA US VSRC, FCA US Engineering, and BRAP
conducted meetings to review the issue, the potential safety consequence, and understand the suspected scope
of vehicles affected.
• As of October 14, 2019, FCA US has identified no CAIRs or field reports related to this issue.
• As of October 14, 2019, FCA US has identified no warranty related to this issue.
• As of October 14, 2019, FCA US is not aware of any accidents or injuries potentially related to this issue.
• On October 17, 2019, FCA US determined, through the Vehicle Regulations Committee, to conduct a voluntary
safety recall of the affected vehicles.