2011-'12 Dodge Charger Probed by Feds After Complaints of Alternator Failure | Edmunds

2011-'12 Dodge Charger Probed by Feds After Complaints of Alternator Failure


Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 123,000 2011-'12 Dodge Charger cars after consumer complaints of alternator failure.
  • NHTSA said it has "identified 14 complaints alleging incidents of alternator failure resulting in engine stall while driving with no restart."
  • The 2011-'12 Charger has not been recalled at this point.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 123,000 2011-'12 Dodge Charger cars after consumer complaints of alternator failure.

NHTSA said it has "identified 14 complaints alleging incidents of alternator failure resulting in engine stall while driving with no restart."

"Half of the complaints involved incidents that occurred while driving at or above 40 mph," the agency said in its summary of the action. "One incident alleges stopping the vehicle in a traffic lane with smoke issuing from the alternator."

NHTSA lists one crash and no injuries or fatalities in its failure report summary posted on Friday.

Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary evaluation into the matter. Such an action sometimes precedes a vehicle recall, but the 2011-'12 Charger has not been recalled at this point.

"Customer safety is paramount at Chrysler Group. Accordingly, the Company is cooperating fully with this investigation," Chrysler said in a statement provided to Edmunds on Friday.

Edmunds says: Owners of the 2011-'12 Dodge Charger will have to wait for federal safety regulators to finish their work in this case. But if you have any immediate concerns, it's best to contact your dealer.

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