Auto parts assembly is a complicated process and mistakes are sometimes made. These mistake, however, can lead to accidents on the road. Take for instance this one report by Motor1.com that highlights data from Allpar.com where “the wrong wheels were installed on 173 Dodge Challengers and Chargers between May and September of this year.”
Motor1.com accurately concludes that this doesn’t seem like a big deal given the relatively low number of vehicles, but the risk they impose – accidents that could cause substantial damages and/or death – render them of the greatest importance.
Specifically, in this case, they not that the regulating body, FCA, “is recalling 111 Chargers built from May 28 through September 25, and 62 Challengers also built from May through September 20.” They also note that the exact information on which Charger/Challenger submodels are affected is “unknown” and that after contacting the FCA for further information and comment, Motor1.com was directed to the NHTSA recall notice. However, it is recognized that, “no claims, accidents, or injuries are believed to have occurred as a result of the issue.”
The main issue with the Challengers is that some cars were fitted with “mid gloss black wheels bearing part number 5LD37RXFAA and a certain brake package, and that combination doesn’t leave enough clearance for the front tires.” This was discovered to be incompatible only after it had been ordered.
The fix is to replace the wheel with one that is compatible with this specific brake package. An alignment may also necessary and conduct an alignment if necessary. Motor1.com says an FCA rep told them that 123 of the affected vehicles were still at dealerships and the official notification from FCA for the actual owners will begin early in December.
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