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Dodge Charger Police Cruisers Recalled For Gearshift Defect

Posted in auto industry, Cars, Chrysler, Dodge, muscle cars, New Cars, Newsworthy, Safety by Suzanne Denbow | November 7th, 2008 | 2 Responses |

Unlike the Dodge Charger’s manufactured for civilian use, Charger’s outfitted with the police package seek to maximize interior capacity and are thus equipped with steering column-mounted gearshifts. Recently, it has been discovered that the column-mount shifts are prone to disengaging from the gearshift cable, resulting in the instrument panel failing to identify which gear is engaged. A fairly serious problem, the recall affects exactly 20,083 Dodge Charger Police vehicles manufactured between 2006-2009. Effective as of November 2008, Dodge will rectify the problem by outfitting the gearshift cable with a locking mechanism to ensure the shift-link display functions properly.

That’s a tasing, Chrysler.

Read the NHTSA’s full recall after the jump

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DODGE / CHARGER 2006-2009

DODGE / MAGNUM 2006-2009

Manufacturer: CHRYSLER LLC Mfr’s Report Date: NOV 05, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V583000 PE08052
NHTSA Action Number: PE08052

Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:LEVER AND LINKAGE:COLUMN SHIFT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 20283
Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING 20,283 MY 2006-2009 CHARGER AND MAGNUM VEHICLES BUILT WITH THE POLICE PACKAGE EQUIPPED WITH COLUMN SHIFTER. THE GEARSHIFT CABLE MAY BECOME DISENGAGED FROM THE STEERING COLUMN MOUNTING BRACKET AND CAUSE AN INCORRECT TRANSMISSION GEARSHIFT POSITION DISPLAY.
Consequence:
THIS COULD ALLOW THE VEHICLE TO MOVE INADVERTENTLY AND CAUSE A CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL ADD A REDUNDANT LOCKING MECHANISM TO THE GEARSHIFT CABLE AT THE MOUNTING BRACKET TO ENSURE PROPER RETENTION AND SHIFT LINKAGE FUNCTION. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.
Notes:
CHRYSLER RECALL NO. H37. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

Source: NHTSA

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2 Responses

  1. Arthur says:

    It’s nice to know that the original Chrysler was on top of things after the first 9 complaints came in. Defects like these aren’t exactly helpful to a car company’s image. I can only hope that its successor, Chrysler Group LLC, can make things better.