Feds Close Probe Into 2003-'10 Dodge Viper | Edmunds

Feds Close Probe Into 2003-'10 Dodge Viper


Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into 9,670 2003-'10 Dodge Vipers after consumer complaints of crashes linked to rear suspension problems.
  • Consumers alleged loss of control incidents caused by rear knuckle failure while driving, NHTSA said in its summary of the probe.
  • "Examination and testing of failed knuckles have not identified evidence of a manufacturing or design defect in the parts," NHTSA said.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into 9,670 2003-'10 Dodge Vipers after consumer complaints of crashes linked to rear suspension problems.

Consumers alleged loss of control incidents caused by rear knuckle failure while driving, NHTSA said in its summary of the probe.

"Analysis of the failure data indicated these are random events and do not show any clear patterns related to vehicle build range, vehicle age or mileage," NHTSA said on Sunday.

"Examination and testing of failed knuckles have not identified evidence of a manufacturing or design defect in the parts."

The investigation covered the 2003-'10 Dodge Viper SRT-10, Dodge Viper Competition Coupe and ACRX racecars.

NHTSA received a total of 10 complaints about the 2003-'10 Viper, including eight crashes.

Chrysler told federal safety regulators that based on a review of physical evidence from field inspections of six of the eight incident vehicles, the automaker concluded that "collision forces were the causal factor of rear suspension control knuckle failure."

Edmunds says: Federal safety regulators will not seek a recall of the Dodge Viper in this case.

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